COVID-19 restrictions in NSW aren’t going away quite just yet. The state’s Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that they’ll remain in place for at least another month.
It comes as COVID cases are continuing to rise by over 3,000 in 24 hours. 18,512 COVID cases were reported in the 24 hour reporting period up to 8pm last night, a rise from yesterday’s relatively 15,091 cases. 29 more COVID deaths also happened in the state, with a further 2,943 in hospital with the virus.
Perrottet, then, really had no other option but to announce that the current COVID restrictions would continue until at least Sunday, February 28th. The main aim, as 9News reports, is to protect returning school students in the coming weeks.
It means that the following restrictions remain in place:
Masks are required in all indoor settings (except homes)
Hospitality venues — including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes, and nightclubs — must adhere to the one person per two square metre rule indoors
QR code check-ins are compulsory at some premises, like hospitality venues and retail stores
Singing and dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues, entertainment facilities, nightclubs, indoor music festivals and indoor major recreation facilities. Exempt are weddings, performers, instructors and students
A full list of the current NSW COVID restrictions can be found here.
“We want to maintain (a) cautious approach as we continue to get our booster program moving,” Perrottet explained in his press conference. “As Doctor (Kerry) Chant has said, we will expect cases to rise, so this is a measured and proportionate approach to the situation that we are in here in NSW.”
And while the current COVID wave had looked to be mostly over in the state, Perrottet also encouraged those who are eligible to get their vaccinated booster as soon as possible.
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