NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced a number of restrictions on coronavirus, including mandatory indoor masks and the lifting of lockdown orders on the southern half of Sydney’s northern beaches

The changes came when state health officials registered seven new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period by 8:00 p.m. One of them was a case in inner southwest Sydney, the source of which is still being investigated

Five cases on Saturday are from the west and southwest of Sydney and are linked to the Berala cluster, which now stands at seven

Another is a household contact of a previously reported case, a patient transport staff who was isolated during their period of infection

From 2359 o’clock on Saturday the 180000 residents south of Narrabeen Bridge are subject to the same regulations as Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Nepean Blue Mountains

“You [residents of this area] do not have to respect the home conditions,” said Ms. Berejiklian

“Fortunately, according to the Health Council, the risk of transmission has decreased in this part of the northern beaches”

The remaining 70000 residents of the northern peninsula are still not allowed to bring visitors into their homes, non-essential businesses remain closed, and outdoor gatherings for exercise and recreation are limited to five people

“I want to reiterate that this strategy is to keep life as normal as possible, but also to ensure that we maintain and even increase economic activity, “said Prime Minister Berejiklian

She said she was “very confident” that health officials would be able to keep an eye on the outbreak

“It took about four months for the intersection outbreaks to not reach community coverage and we don’t want this outbreak to last that long”

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the wearing of masks was mandatory for a number of indoor spaces in the Greater Sydney area

Although the Prime Minister has previously opposed calls from medical experts to make masks mandatory, she said the introduction of mandatory masks shouldn’t come as a “surprise”

“We’ve been talking about this for months The reason for this is because we trust companies and people who are leaving jobs, “she said

According to the changes that went into effect on Saturday at midnight, masks must be worn when shopping, on public transport, in entertainment spaces such as cinemas, places of worship, hairdressing and beauty salons, and are mandatory for all employees in restaurants and casinos as well for customers who use gaming services

Violation of the order could result in a $ 200 fine on site However, a grace period applies until Monday

NSW Health said children under the age of 12 are exempt but are “encouraged to wear masks where practicable”

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This includes fitness classes that are reduced to 30 people, a maximum of 100 people at places of worship, weddings and funerals to 100 people, and outdoor performances and protests to 500 people

Ahead of the resumption of the four series of tests between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, the Prime Minister said health officials would be running a walkthrough to identify COVID-safe plans

The prime minister defended the event despite warnings that it could be a potentially widespread event, saying the state government was trying to strike the “right balance”

“We appreciate what people could say about us if we continued to hold these events, but also the thousands of jobs they keep and the sense of normalcy they give us,” she said / p>

“I remember some people were very upset when they heard we were going to continue with the fireworks, but after the event they believe that most of us felt a sense of relief

On Friday 31864 COVID-19 tests carried out and 12 cases found in hotel quarantine

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