Greater Sydney will resort under more stringent restrictions-including a limit of 10 people at home and no more than
20 dances at weddings until Wednesday, 23 December, in an effort to stem the outbreak on the Northern Beaches.
“Until Wednesday midnight we ask anybody in greater Sydney, including the Central Coast and Blue Mountains, not to have more than 10 people come to your home at any one time,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“We are also going to put in a health order from tonight which says that for all hospitality venues, for all indoor venues and places of worship, for all settings that went from the four square metre rule to the two square metre rule, we are reverting back to four square metre rule.
“Until further notice we revert back to the four square metres rule in all indoor settings apart from the family home. And we also have a cap on those settings at 300. This is so that if there is a seeding event, if there is someone who has the virus at any of these events, health does not have to scramble for hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people.
“In addition to those settings we are also going back to no dancing apart from 20 at a wedding party for greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. Going back to no singing and no chanting except for places of worship allowed up to five in those settings.”
Of the 30 new COVID-19 cases reported by Ms
Berejiklian, 28 are related specifically to the Northern Beaches cluster.
“Two have yet to be confirmed in terms of source of venue although those other two are people who live in the Northern Beaches,” she said.
“So while the numbers are higher today than yesterday, the one positive is we still have not seen evidence of massive seeding outside the Northern Beaches community and our aim, of course, is to keep that in place.”