Masks Required in Indoor Venues in Seven Sydney Local Government Areas

Sydneysiders in seven local government areas will be required to wear masks indoors in public settings as the city battles a new cluster of community-transmitted COVID-19 cases.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes to the state’s mask mandate yesterday (20th June), coming into effect that afternoon. The local government areas covered as part of the new rules include the City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Bayside, Canada Bay, Waverly and Woollahra.

In addition to the previously-announced public transport mandate, face masks are now required inside hospitality and entertainment venues such as pubs and theatres, retail outlets, and any other indoor situation apart from when you’re eating or drinking. The rules will remain in place until midnight on Wednesday, 23rd June at least.

“It applies to all indoor venues, excluding when you’re eating and drinking — so if you’re going shopping, to the cinema, sitting at a conference, any place where you can’t guarantee social distancing proximity with others,” Premier Berejiklian said yesterday when announcing the new rules.

Yesterday, NSW Health reported two locally acquired cases in the 24 hours up to 8pm the previous night. Two more cases were reported yesterday which will be included in today’s (21st June) numbers. You can see the current list of venues of concern, and find more information about the current outbreak here.

NSW recorded two locally acquired cases of #COVID19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, one of which was announced yesterday morning.

NSW Health has also been notified of two new locally acquired cases overnight. This cases will be included in tomorrow’s numbers. pic.twitter.com/4LF0kN7Rvx

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) June 20, 2021

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