Face masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for at least five days, in an attempt to curb the Eastern suburbs cluster from growing.
The announcement arrives after the state recorded another locally acquired case, a man in his 50s who was on the same floor as the initial case at Westfield Bondi Junction Myer on Saturday.
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian is encouraging residents to wear face masks indoors, at supermarkets, gyms and cinemas.
“For the next five days we want everybody to wear masks on public transport to make sure that if the virus is circulating it doesn’t spread on public transport,” she said.
“If you go to an indoor venue you wear a mask, whether it is a cinema, hospitality or front-line hospitality workers. It is not compulsory but we are recommending that especially if you cannot guarantee social distancing especially in those places around the eastern suburbs.”
The mask mandate will remain until Wednesday, June 23rd. It does not extend to the Central Coast, Illawarra or Wollongong areas.
Queensland has declared the council area of Waverly a hotspot. From 1 am Saturday, visitors from that area will be required to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine.