Sydney lockdown extended with a Curfew

Sydney lockdown extended with a Curfew

Greater Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown has been extended until the end of September. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced harsh new restrictions including a curfew for Sydney as she confirmed 644 new covid cases and four deaths. It means the lockdown, which has already lasted for eight weeks, will run for at least 13.

A curfew will be put in place in the parts of Sydney most affected areas, except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care. From midnight on Monday, August 23, people in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield must stay home between 9:00pm and 5:00am.

It will also be mandatory for everyone to wear a mask while outside their home in NSW from midnight on Monday, Unless you’re doing strenuous exercise.

Ms Berejiklian said there was no easy way to handle the Delta variant

"Short and sharp lockdowns do not always work," she said.

"As we have seen, this Delta variant is very different to anything Australia has experienced, but we also have a wonderful opportunities here, unlike the rest of the world, we have not been through the very difficult circumstances others have faced.

"We have an opportunity, through higher vaccination, to show how it can be done moving forward, to protect the lives, to protect against hospitalisation, we have the opportunity here New South Wales and Australia added other states, to show how it can be done as possible.

Special powers will also be given to the NSW Police Force  including power for the Commissioner of Police to declare a residential premise a COVID-risk premise and require all people to present to police during compliance checks and powers to allow police to direct a person who has been issued with an infringement notice to return to their place of residence has been introuced.

If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days