Various news sources are reporting that they expect New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian to today announce that the lockdown measures in Greater Sydney will be extended by a further week today.
Following an outbreak of locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases, the Greater Sydney area entered what was initially announced as a two-week lockdown on Saturday, 26th June, and was supposed to wrap up this weekend. However, cases of community transmission are yet to drop down into the single digits, with NSW Health reporting 18 cases of community transmission yesterday (6th July).
Multiple news sources, including the Guardian and ABC, are now reporting that the lockdown is expected to be extended by at least one week. Premier Berejiklian is due to speak to the press at 11am this morning, where she is expected to confirm the news. Yesterday, Berejiklian flagged that those in the Greater Sydney area would today learn “what next week looks like.”
Many live music events have been cancelled in the wake of the previous lockdown announcement. Splendour in the Grass’ nine-day pop-up event, Splendour in the City, was scheduled to kick off this Saturday, 10th July, but was canned late last month following news of the restrictions. Windang garage-rockers Hockey Dad, meanwhile, were forced to cut short a concert at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall and enter self-isolation due to stay-at-home orders introduced in their home state.
Yesterday, electronic duo Peking Duk shared an impassioned statement accusing the Federal Government of having “royally fucked” the country’s vaccine rollout, highlighting the impact that continued outbreaks and lockdowns are having on Australia’s live music and entertainment industry. The duo were scheduled to perform in Sydney this weekend as part of the Winter in the Domain concert series, but have naturally been forced to postpone that performance.
“Now in July 2021, with Australia firmly the worst performing country in the OECD for fully vaccinated adults the music industry is facing more uncertainty, more cancellations, more postponements,” the duo wrote. “America can have events, because 45% of their population is vaccinated. Australia with around 7% fully vaccinated cannot.”
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