New restrictions in Sydney following second COVID-19 case

Masks will be compulsory for the next three days across greater Sydney after a second person tested positive for COVID-19 today.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the following restrictions across the Greater Sydney region, which will come into effect from 5pm today (May 6) and remain in place until 12am Monday, May 10 at the earliest:

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children
  • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows 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 with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time; and
  • Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people

It is strongly recommended people avoid mingling in large groups over the coming days and avoid putting those more vulnerable at risk.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the three day restrictions would help reduce the risk of a super spreading event.

“These measures are proportionate to the risk and will help reduce further cases of community transmission,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“To allow our health authorities to do their excellent work it is critical the community continues to keep their physical distance, get tested with even the mildest of symptoms and importantly continues to use the Service NSW app to check into venues.”

The wife of a man in Sydney’s eastern suburbs who was diagnosed yesterday has tested positive for COVID-19, while testing continues for other close contacts.

Genomic testing matched the case to a traveller in hotel quarantine who recently returned from the US. There is no direct contact between the two affected, so it is believed at least one other person in the community is yet to be diagnosed.

NSW Health has identified two further venues of concern as part of its ongoing investigations.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times specified is asked to immediately get tested and isolate until NSW Health provides further advice. This applies to everyone, including those who have been partially or fully vaccinated.

SydneyFratelli FreshWestfield Sydney, F5 Pitt StreetTuesday 27 April 1.15pm – 2.15pm  
Bondi BeachBondi Trattoria34 Campbell ParadeThursday 29 April 12.45pm – 1.30pm  

A full list of venues of concern visited by the two cases is available here. People are urged to check the NSW Health website regularly for updates.