A new Public Health Order has today been introduced by NSW Health today following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Greater Sydney area.
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, current stay-at home orders will be extended across all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong from 6pm today (26 June) until 11.59pm Friday, 9 July, and new restrictions apply to all parts of NSW.
Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the stay-at-home orders will apply to all people in the Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.
The reasons you may leave your home include:
•Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
•Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
•Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
•Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
Community sport will not be permitted during this period. Weddings will not be permitted from 11.59pm, Sunday 27 June. Funerals will be limited to one person per four square metres with a cap of 100 people, and masks must be worn indoors.
In all other parts of NSW, including the Hilltops Local Government Area, the following restrictions will apply:
•People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
•Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
•Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
•Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
•Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
•Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people);
•Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
•The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
•Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity;
People across NSW should only enter the Greater Sydney region for essential purposes.
As a precautionary safety measure our Visitor Information Centres in Boorowa, Harden and Young will not open tomorrow, Sunday 27 June 2021. A decision regarding extending this temporary closure will be made if necessary.
For more information visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-19-restrictions-extended-nsw
Please continue to check the NSW Government website as more information will be made available: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
Council urge residents of Hilltops to take all necessary precautions to keep themselves safe. This includes adhering to Public Health Orders and advice from NSW Health, maintaining social distancing and strict hygiene, and checking in when visiting a venue. The safety of our community is the responsibility of us all.