Lockdown: four LGAs locked down after Sydney records 22 new cases overnight

Sydneysides getting tested for Covid-19 in their cars at Bondi Beach. File photo.

By STAFF WRITERS

Sydneysiders who live or work in four local government areas – the City of Sydney Council, as well as Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils – have been slapped with a week-long stay-at-home order after a significant rise in Covid-19 cases overnight.

From 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm on Friday, 2 July, residents and workers in the aforementioned inner city and Eastern Suburbs council areas will only be allowed to leave their homes for five reasons: to travel for necessary work or education; outdoor exercise in groups of ten or fewer people; to provide care or compassion to a relative; buying essential goods or services; medical care, including getting tested or vaccinated for Covid-19.

In a media conference this morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move was necessary to ensure all chains of transmission could be accounted for, after 22 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

“If you live or work in those four local government areas, you should not leave your home unless you have to. What this does is make sure that we haven’t missed any chains of community transmission,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The premier said the stay-at-home order applied not only to all residents of the four LGAs but to anyone who worked in them.

“Anyone who has worked part-time or permanently in the four hot spots in the past two weeks are subject to stay-at-home orders,” she said. 

“It doesn’t matter where you live. If you’ve worked in those four local government areas, you’re subject to the orders.

“This is in order for us to ensure this doesn’t take hold for weeks and weeks, and we believe this is a proportionate response to the risk.”

Due to the extremely contagious nature of the coronavirus strain involved – the Delta variant of Covid-19 –  the premier said the state was “likely to see more cases in coming days, mainly from household contacts”.

She added: “We anticipate that close to 100 per cent of everybody in a household is likely to get the virus if one person has had positive test results.” 

The state’s existing Covid-19 restrictions, such as mandatory masks indoors and on public transport, have been extended until 11:59pm on Friday, 2 July.

NSW Health continues to urge anyone with even mildest possible symptoms of Covid-19, or who has attended a venue of concern, to get tested.

For information on Covid testing, including the location of your nearest Cove testing clinic, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics.