The two-week extension of Greater Sydney’s Covid lockdown will see restrictions continue until at least the end of July as the city continues to battle the spread of the Indian Delta variant.
Home schooling for NSW students will continue as will restrictions on when people can leave their homes.
Restrictions on those who live in the Fairfield local government area and work outside the area will also continue.
The announcement came as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there were 97 new community cases on Wednesday, including 24 who were infectious in the community.
Greater Sydney’s lockdown will continue until Friday, July 30, as Covid cases continued to rise
People waited up to eight hours to be tested at Fairfield Showgrounds today, after new restrictions for those who live there but work outside the LGA
When is the lockdown extended to?
The lockdown has been extended until 11.59pm, Friday, July 30.
What are the key restrictions?
People in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas must only leave home if they have a reasonable excuse.
People are advised to stay within their local area and limit your physical contact with other households.
Visitors are not permitted in homes, and your household does not include any family members other than those you live with.
When can I go out?
A reasonable excuse to leave home includes to:
* Obtain food or other goods and services. Only one person per household may leave their home each day to shop for food or other goods and services. You may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left unaccompanied.
* for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets);
* for vulnerable people;
* travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home;
* exercise and outdoor recreation within your local government area and within 10km of your home. If there are more than 2 people in your household, you can go out together for exercise.
* for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.
There are also further reasonable excuses, such as accessing childcare.
Anyone required for essential reasons to travel into regional NSW must get tested every seven days.
This includes workers from Greater Sydney who work at locations more than 50km from the outer boundary of the Shellharbour, Wollongong, Wollondilly, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central Coast LGAs.
People exercising on Bondi Beach on Wednesday morning, shortly before NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the two-week extension of Greater Sydney’s lockdown
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that Greater Sydney’s lockdown would continue at the daily Covid update on Wednesday, after 97 new cases were discovered
A man undergoes a Covid test at the pop-up testing clinic at Fairfield Showgrounds in Sydney
Do I need to keep wearing a mask?
Wearing a mask remains compulsory in all indoor areas of non-residential premises; common areas of residential strata, community or company titled buildings (including a shared foyer or lobby, lifts stairwells and corridors, and shared laundry facilities); outdoor gatherings; on public transport; indoor areas of construction sites, unless an exemption applies for safety reasons.
Where can I get tested?
NSW Health advises there are now more than 380 Covid-19 testing locations across the state, many of which are open seven days a week.
If you have symptoms in you are urged to go to the closest testing clinic, get tested and isolate until you receive your health result.
People are urged not to visit GPs, medical centres and pharmacies if they have symptoms to prevent spreading the virus to others.
The high number of COVID-19 cases and exposure venues in the Fairfield LGA means Fairfield residents who work in other LGAs must now be tested for COVID-19 every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.
Those workers subject to the health orders in the Fairfield LGA are asked to visit a clinic closest to their workplace.
To support this mandatory surveillance testing, a 24/7 COVID-19 testing clinic has opened in the car park of the Endeavour Sports Park on Maud Street, Fairfield.
A public sign outside Bondi Beach Primary School on July 14, urging students to stay home
What’s the story with home schooling?
Students in NSW school must continue to home school for a further two weeks.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced there will be special concessions in place for year 12 students who will undertake HSC trials during the extended lockdown.
Schools remain open if there is no option for parents to keep a child home.
What support can I access?
A new Covid-19 disaster payment announced on Tuesday increased the amount paid to residents who lose 20 hours a week up to $600, up from $500.
Those who lose between eight and 20 hours can claim $375, up from $325.
From July 18 the payment will be available to NSW residents who live outside Greater Sydney, with the state government picking up the tab for those workers.
You may be eligible for financial support if you can’t earn an income because NSW Health has directed you to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days, or if you are caring for someone who has COVID-19.
Tables taped off in Australia Square in Sydney’s CBD, as Greater Sydney’s lockdown continued and new support payments were announced for businesses on Tuesday
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a financial assistance package to support NSW households and businesses affected by the continuing Covid lockdown on Tuesday
What if I have a business?
For small and medium businesses, a support payment will be available to companies and charities with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50million.
The payment will be 40 per cent of a company’s weekly wage bill per week, up to a maximum of $10,000.
Companies must show their revenue is 30 per cent lower than an equivalent two week period in 2019 to qualify.
To receive the payment, eligible entities will be required to maintain their full time, part time and long term casual staffing level as of July 13.
Eligible entities, which includes not-for-profits, will receive payments of between $1500 and $10,000 per week based on the level of their payroll.
For non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, the payment will be set at $1,000 per week.
Ms Berejiklian estimated on Wednesday that over 230,00 businesses across NSW would be able to access the $1000-a-week payment.
Can I visit my partner who doesn’t live with me?
Yes, compassionate or care reasons allow a person to visit a home, and have a person visit their home, for the purposes of caring for vulnerable persons, or where two people are in a relationship but do not live together.
Can I go to a funeral?
Funerals remain limited to 10 people as attendees.