Masks mandatory indoors across seven council areas as Sydney records two new Covid-19 cases

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant (pictured) is urging Sydneysiders to get tested for Covid-19 as the latest local outbreak grows. File photo.

By PETER HACKNEY

Face masks have been made mandatory in public indoor spaces across seven Sydney local government areas, after the city recorded two new cases of the super infectious Delta strain of Covid-19 overnight.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement today as the Sydney cluster – which began when a Bondi man tested positive last weekend – grew to nine cases.

The mandate applies to the City of Sydney Council area, as well as the councils of Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra.

“You must wear a mask if you are in and around those seven local government areas,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“That will include things like hospitality workers, shopping, retail shopping, any interactivity where you aren’t eating or drinking, you will need to wear a mask,” she said. 

The directive is in addition to the previously announced edict that all public transport users must wear face masks on public transport services across Sydney and the Blue Mountains. 

Ms Berejiklian today extended the requirement to Wollongong and the Illawarra. 

One of the new cases announced today was a 30-year-old man who visited locations across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Wollongong. 

Appealing to the general public to follow the health advice, Ms Berejiklian said she did not anticipate further restrictions being brought in.

“At this stage, we don’t think we will need to do further than what we have announced today,” she said. 

“I know all of us are a bit fatigued after so many months of living with Covid but … we have to make sure we aren’t complacent and have to make sure we are complying to what we are asking you to do.”

In addition to the two new locally acquired cases, a further three cases were recorded in hotel quarantine. 

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said a further two locally acquired cases were recorded after the 8pm daily deadline last night, and will be officially included in Monday’s figures. 

Covid-19 fragments have also been detected in sewage on the NSW Central Coast, to Sydney’s north. 

Noting the growing outbreak, Dr Chant urged Sydneysiders to ramp up their testing efforts and come forward for testing if they have any possible Covid symptoms, no matter how mild. 

24,468 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday; Dr Chant said she would like to the numbers “exceed 30–40,000 tests” today. 

She also reiterated calls for anyone who visited Westfield Bondi Junction and its car park on Saturday, 12 June or Sunday, 13 June to get tested. 

“The quicker we can diagnose cases, the quicker we can get ahead of the transmission of this virus,” she said.

To find the location of your nearest Covid-19 testing clinic, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics.