Sydneysiders are again facing restrictions to household gatherings of more than 20 as health authorities attempt to trace a community-acquired case of COVID-19.
Face masks have become compulsory across the city in indoor public venues and on public transport, and aged care visits are restricted to two people. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also announced bans on singing and dancing.
A Sydney man tested positive yesterday morning and his wife has now also tested positive as authorities scramble to identify how he was infected.
Genomic testing has located the original source of infection, an overseas case from the Park Royal at Darling Harbour. But NSW Health authorities say that they haven’t been able to find a link between that infection and the eastern suburbs man, who had not come in contact with a quarantine or border worker.
Restrictions apply to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains from 5:00 pm today (6 May) and will be enforceable until at least 12.01 am on Monday (10 May).
Communities outside Greater Sydney are not affected by the restrictions, but anyone who has been to a number of Sydney venues between 29 April and 4 May, or has any cold or flu-like symptoms should get tested and isolate until a negative result is received, even if they have received the first or second dose of vaccine.
The venues are mostly located in the eastern suburbs and inner west of Sydney, ranging from Annandale to Bondi and Rushcutters Bay, and include a movie theatre, a number of restaurants and barbecue supply shops, and the Royal Sydney Golf Club. There are also locations in Collaroy and Balgowlah.
The full list of venues can be found here. There are currently no public transport routes in NSW associated with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.