Under tighter COVID-19 limits, foreign arrivals in Sydney will be limited to 350 people a day to ensure returning travellers will not overload the NSW health and hotel quarantine program.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that move was important to ensure that the state remains in a good position to avoid the spread of the virus.
“Our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of NSW, and this new cap will help us protect our state from COVID-19,” she said on Sunday.
“NSW is the gateway to Australia and it is important that passengers returning home do not overrun the capacity of NSW Health and hotel quarantine.”
NSW confirmed 18 new cases on Sunday, bringing the number of active cases to 99, with one in intensive care, for the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday.
The overall number of cases affiliated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster is 45, while Holy Duck was attending one of the latest locally acquired cases! Chippendale bar, on the evening of July 10.
Another case visited the Merrylands Anytime Fitness Gym on July 14 from 9 pm till 10:30pm.
Someone who has visited the restaurant or gym is advised to isolate themselves for 14 days immediately and get screened if signs are present.
The restaurant was closed on Saturday evening and will be swept.
Five of the latest cases were returning passengers from overseas and quarantine hotels.
One staff at the Wentworthville Clinic Northside Group, a private hospital in west Sydney, has screened positively.
Three other members of staff who were close friends are in self-isolation.
The new airport cap reflects a reduction from the 450-person limit implemented on July 5 and will begin on Monday from 12.01am.
Employment minister Stuart Ayres said they had given Australians plenty of time to return from overseas.
“It is incredibly important the volume of returning travellers does not undo the great work of the people of NSW,” he said in a statement.
NSW Deputy Health Chief Officer Jeremy McAnulty has warned the state to remain cautious.
“It wouldn’t take much for us to be in Melbourne’s situation. We need everyone’s assistance,” he said.
For people who left their homes in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, the Victorian Government made face masks or coverings compulsory.
When students prepare to return to school, Minister of Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the introduction of 3300 extra services to the state’s public transport network will begin in June.
“Wait for your test results. Don’t go until you know,” the SDA’s NSW/ACT secretary Bernie Smith said in a statement.
“Don’t put the health of the workers in the store and other shoppers at risk.”