Sydney Lockdown – Here’s a Quick Explainer of the 2-Week Lockdown
Stay indoors unless absolutely necessary
Started today, June 25, from 6 pm, Greater Sydney will enter a state of lockdown. This Sydney Lockdown would also cover the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and Wollongong areas. The orders to stay are to remain in effect until July 9, 11:59 pm.
In a press conference today, Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Premier said, “I said that this the scariest time since the pandemic started and that’s proven to be the case.”
Just before announcing the Sydney lockdown today, the NSW cabinet had an emergency meeting to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases in the region.
So, if you are wondering, here is what you cannot or can do from 6 pm onwards, starting today.
Can you leave the house?
You can leave your house for the following purposes:
Education or work that cannot be done remotely.
Medical needs such as vaccines, covid tests, or other emergencies.
Compassionate and care grounds.
Purchasing essential services and goods.
Does this mean that there is a curfew?
No curfew has been imposed as part of the Sydney lockdown by the government.
Can you go out with friends for exercise?
Groups of a maximum of 10 people are allowed to work out or exercise together. However, this should be done while social distancing.
Can you go to restaurants?
Throughout the Sydney lockdown restaurants, cafeterias, bars, and other hospitality venues will only be open for takeaways. No dine-ins would be allowed within the specified time frame.
What about the masks?
Masks are mandatory in all public indoor settings and public transports.
Funerals and Weddings
Weddings that were due today or tomorrow can be arranged. However, for the remaining part of the Sydney lockdown, wedding ceremonies will remain banned. Though funerals can be arranged but with 100 masked visitors limit with a social distance of 4-square meters.
What if you are not in Sydney?
Well, the Sydney lockdown is currently applicable to the whole Greater Sydney area. So, you must only leave the house for essential services such as childcare and medical emergencies, exercise, purchasing food, or for work/education that cannot be done remotely.
Stay safe everyone!
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