Australia Sydney: coronavirus lockdown restrictions tightened and extended

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We are sending out this special update to alert you to the new (tighter) set of restrictions that will apply to Greater Sydney from 5pm today 9th July 2021.  The existing four reasons to leave home remain unchanged. The restrictions in regional NSW also remain unchanged. From 5pm we must all remain within our own local government area, or within 10 kilometres of home for exercise and outdoor recreation.

  • Outdoor public gatherings will be limited to two people
  • No carpooling between non-household members
  • Only one person per household, per day, may leave the home for shopping
  • Browsing in shops is not allowed, only shopping for essentials

From Sunday, funerals will be limited to 10 people in total.

Overnight, 44 new cases were recorded of which 27 were out in the community for at least part of their infectious period.

The latest figures from NSW Health show there are 43 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 10 of whom are in intensive care. Four of the patients in ICU require ventilation.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also foreshadowed extending the lockdown beyond July 16.

NSW is facing “the biggest challenge we have faced since the pandemic started … unless there is a dramatic turnaround in the numbers, I can’t see how we would be in a position to ease restrictions by next Friday,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The most recent figures available to us show that 8.17 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated while 25.72 per cent have had one shot.

The Sydney Morning Herald Newsletter


** This post was originally published on July 9, 2021 **