Explaining NSW’s Covid-19 restrictions during the Christmas weekend

Sydney’s Maroubra Beach on 2nd January, 2020. (Image: Nepalese Voice)

Sydney, Australia:

NSW on Wednesday recorded 8 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19. Seven of the locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster. Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, which now numbers 97.

Meanwhile, as the holiday season approaches, NSW health authorities have announced a number of adjustments to Covid-19 restrictions.

For that purpose, they have sliced NSW into four parts –

  • Northern peninsula of the northern beaches which includes s anyone living north of Narrabeen Bridge and east of the Baha’i temple in Mona Vale cannot leave the area. However, they will be allowed to have up to five people in their home on the 24th, 25th and 26th, provided they are visitors from within that region.  
  •  The southern zone of the northern beachaes which includes the rest of the local government area will be allowed to have 10 people in their homes on the 24th, 25th and 26th. However, they can’t leave the area, and any visitors must be “from the region or other parts of Greater Sydney”.
  • Greater Sydney which includes Central Coast, Wollongong and Nepean Blue Mountains will be allowed up to 10 visitors per home, and an unlimted numbers of children aged under 12.
  • For Regional NSW, which includes any area which isn’t mentioned above, there will be no changes.

The changes will only be in place for the 24th, 25th and 26th of December.