New restrictions in place for NSW after second case detected

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NSW has recorded one additional new community case of COVID-19 overnight, after the wife of the man reported yesterday also returned a positive test.

As a result, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced a range of new restrictions effective from 5pm tonight.

The restrictions will remain in place for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are aimed at reducing community transmission.

Masks will become mandatory for three days after a second case was detected in NSW.

No more than 20 people will be allowed in people’s homes.

There will be no singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues. Weddings will be given an exception with health advice to limit patrons on the dancefloor to 20.

Mask-wearing will be compulsory at all indoor places for the next three days.

Ms Berejiklian said the state officially recorded two cases, given the state’s reporting period of the prior 24 hours to 8pm.

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Health detectives have confirmed the original source of the virus and the likely method of transmission.

There were 11,579 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 13,543.

NSW’s snap restrictions explained

The following measures will be effective from midday today(enforceable from 5pm) until 12.01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • 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.

Additional restrictions for NSW Aged Care Facilities

Additional restrictions have been implemented for aged care facilities in the Greater Sydney region including Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.

Going forward, a maximum of two visitors will be permitted per resident, per day.

All visitors and team members must wear a mask while inside the premises.

People who have been a close contact of the identified case or been at the casual contact locations will not be allowed to enter.

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