EFFECTIVE at 5pm today until Monday morning the government has implemented COVID restrictions to the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Sydney and Illawarra areas, in an effort to manage community transmission of new COVID cases.
The restrictions in these areas include:
- No more than 20 people per household;
- Compulsory mask wearing indoors and on public transport, and
- No singing or dancing – with the exception of dancing at weddings with a recommendation of no more than 20 people on the dance floor at a time.
The restrictions follow a man in his 50s who lives in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney testing positive to the virus, and the search is now on to find the missing link of transmission.
Health workers traced the strain to an overseas case, a person who had travelled from United States and tested positive while staying at the Park Royal at Darling Harbour, however there was no direct contact between this person and the new case.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there is at least one person, possibly more, who currently have the virus in the community who are unidentified and may be spreading the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer explained while 75 percent don’t transmit and 25 percent do, but reducing the opportunity for a super spreader event is by the simple method of wearing masks.
The government has urged people to be tested if they have any signs or symptoms of the virus, no matter how mild and encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to do so.