UPDATED JUNE 24:
COVID Updated Advice from Health NSW
All schools can continue to operate full-time on-site. To minimise further spread of COVID-19 in these areas, parents are advised of the following changes for school activities during this time:
• Non-essential school visitors will not be allowed on school premises (ie: visitors not involved in delivering or supporting curricular activities)
• School-initiated non-curricular social activities (such as school discos and staff social events that involve members of the community in addition to staff and students) will be postponed where possible.
Non-curricular activities and events held in school premises that involve members of the community in addition to students and staff must comply with the requirements of the current public health orders.
• Essential school visitors must continue to check-in via the QR code or sign in for each visit and comply with the school’s COVID safe requirements, including personal hygiene, infection control and physical distancing requirements, while on the school site.
• Parents, carers and relatives may enter the school to drop off and pick up students in accordance with school COVIDsafe arrangements.
• Students and staff in school settings are exempt from the requirement to wear masks, however, individuals should be supported to wear masks if it is their preference to do so.
• Masks remain mandatory on public transport. This applies to students aged 12 years and over, and staff when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered or private transport services.
We have received the following advice from Catholic Schools Broken Bay, regarding new COVID restrictions which come into force from 4pm this afternoon for the next week:
Please refer to the latest COVID media release detailing the tightening of restrictions across metropolitan NSW including the Central Coast. Any planned activities that do not comply with these restrictions should be cancelled or postponed. Masks should be worn by staff and parents whilst in the school grounds, including meetings, in staff rooms and during parent/teacher interviews. Social distancing at 1.5m will need to be observed.
MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FOR GREATER SYDNEY
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, new restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney from 4pm today for one week.
Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the following restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour;
- Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
- Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, includingworkplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
- Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
- Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worshipwill not be allowed;
- Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however,dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);
- Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
- The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
- Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;
- Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced;
- If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.These restrictions are designed to reduce the risk of further community transmission.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said we are once again asking the community to do what they do best and follow the health advice to get on top of this outbreak.
“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We know the effect this will have on residents and venues but we must take this action now to ensure we keep on top of this outbreak.”
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant urged the community to play their part in controlling the COVID spread.
“We need really high testing rates to make sure we’re stopping any chains of transmission and we’re continuing to urge people to come forward for testing, especially if you were in Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June,” Dr Chant said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said more than ever people need to use QR codes and wear masks when required.
“We will be increasing supervision and compliance checks to make sure everyone is doing the right thing,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This pandemic is far from over and we all have to do our bit to protect the community.”
The government and health experts will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updated information and advice.
For more information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
MEDIA: Sean Berry | Premier | 0416 243 252 Nicolette Kormendy | Minister Hazzard | 0429 064 897