June 24, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined new restrictions for Sydney yesterday after Sydney’s Bondi Junction COVID-19 cluster grew and spread further across Sydney.

Although many of the 20 new cases flagged in the last few days were either in isolation during their infectious period or coming from a known source, including a 30-person party that has so far yielded 10 cases – there are several cases still under investigation by NSW Health to find a link to the current outbreak and there have been a number of new exposure sites listed across Sydney.

New restrictions include a five-person limit on visitors to homes at one time and rules for seven LGAs which restrict those who live and work there from leaving metropolitan Sydney for all but essential reasons. Masks have also been made mandatory everywhere inside, including in offices.

From yesterday afternoon, Sydney returned to the four square metre rule across most customer facing settings. Some venues, including theatres, concert halls and stadiums had their capacities brought down to 50 percent or one per four square metres (whichever is greater).

Event and venue managers were advised to refer to the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan.

In the wake of the outbreak, the Good Food and Wine Show, which was supposed to take place at ICC Sydney from Friday, has been postponed to September.

Meanwhile in Victoria, restrictions are easing from midnight tonight, with 300-people business events allowed to go ahead from tomorrow.