NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has begged Sydneysiders to stay home – and urged interstate travellers to keep away – as the northern beaches COVID cluster spikes.
The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a drastic health order in the northern beaches in response to the escalating outbreak.
The premier announced a return to restrictions not seen in the state since March, saying there will only be four reasons to leave home. She also asked the residents of Greater Sydney to “abandon non-essential activity”.
As NSW reported 23 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the premier warned the state can expect to “a repeat of those numbers” in the next day.
“Essentially, we will be going back to the restrictions that were in place back in March, just for the northern beaches, for the local government area of the northern beaches, but we want to stress it is OK to go out and exercise, it is OK to go essential shopping. Do not panic buy, please.”
The stay-at-home order comes into effect from 5pm today and will continue through to midnight on Wednesday.
“For the rest of Sydney, can I please ask everybody to abandon nonessential activity until that time? We do not want the virus to spread outside of the Northern Beaches,” she said.
She also urged people who might have plans around the city to “consider changing those plans on staying at home”.
Genomic sequencing points to viral spread at an event at the Avalon RSL on December 11 — with eight attendees later testing positive for the virus. Two people from that group then visited the Avalon Bowling Club two days later, and are part of a group of 16 who also tested positive for COVID-19.
Infectious people then fanned out across the city, visiting cafes, restaurants and public toilets in Cronulla, Woolloomooloo, Turramurra, Darling Point, Eveleigh, Rosebery, Bondi Junction and Riverstone.
Ms Berejiklian warned yesterday if the state didn’t get a hold of the cases in the coming days, it could mean more restrictions.