COVID-19 restrictions extended across Greater Sydney

Investigations are ongoing into the source of two locally acquired cases, announced on Thursday 6 May. They are household contacts of each other; a man and woman in their 50s from the eastern suburbs.

Despite extensive investigations to date, NSW Health has not identified how the initial case, the man in his 50s, was exposed to COVID-19, which suggests he acquired the infection through brief contact with a currently unidentified person who was infectious in the community.

To safeguard the community and reduce the risk of further transmission, the NSW Government has extended the temporary COVID-safe measures (except for one change in regard to retail) which were put in place until 12.01am Monday 10 May by one week for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains).

The one change to the existing orders removes the requirement for retail customers to wear masks, however public-facing staff in retail outlets must continue to do so.

The following measures will now be in effect until 12.01 am Monday 17 May.

  • Visitors to households are limited to 20 guests, including children;
  • Masks are compulsory on public transport and in public indoor venues, such as theatres, hospitals, and aged care facilities.
  • Masks are not required in gyms or other similar facilities like indoor pools or dance studios;
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues is not allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship is not allowed;
  • Dancing is not 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 are limited to two people per day.

In relation to hospitality venues and retail outlets, masks must be worn by customer-facing staff. Patrons and customers do not have to wear a mask unless they are in the gaming area of a hospitality venue.

A full list of venues of concern connected with the two recent locally acquired cases is available on the NSW Government website.

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night. A previously reported overseas acquired case has been excluded after further investigations, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,343.

There were 18,024 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 22,153.

We thank the community for their strong response to calls for testing and continue to urge everyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms – such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose – to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until you receive a negative result. High testing rates are vital for detecting any unidentified chains of transmission in the community as early as possible.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.