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The head of state has announced that residents of the greater Sydney area will have to wear masks indoors in certain locations from Sunday

Greater Sydney residents must wear masks in certain indoor areas from midnight on Saturday nights

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced the measure on Saturday morning, along with several other coronavirus restrictions, as the state recorded seven new locally acquired COVID-19 cases

People in Greater Sydney are required to wear masks in supermarkets, shopping malls, cinemas and indoor entertainment venues, on public transport, in beauty salons and hairdressers, in places of worship and in play areas

“We have already strongly recommended wearing masks with these settings However, we want to make sure we are not in a situation where we are limiting people’s ability to go about their business “

Compliance begins on Monday 4th January 1st, and individuals should be fined $ 200 onsite for not wearing a mask as required

State opposition leader Jodi McKay welcomed the mask mandate, saying the prime minister was “dragged” into the decision “because pressure from health professionals, epidemiologists, doctors and frontline health workers is mounting”

The Australian Medical Association, which has long been calling for the move, said it was an important decision

“This is a confirmation that wearing face masks is one of our simplest weapons against the spread of the coronavirus,” said AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid

Residents of Greater Sydney – those in Wollongong, the Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains – will have a number of other restrictions after midnight

Physical education classes have been reduced from 50 to 30 people, while places of worship, weddings and funerals are limited to 100 people and a rule of one person per four square meters is imposed

Outdoor performances and protests are reduced to a maximum of 500 people, and outdoor seating, ticketed and closed gatherings have been reduced to 2000 people

Regarding the third cricket test at the SCG, Ms. Berejiklian said health officials, police and event organizers would be on a tour to review the event’s COVID-safe schedule and NSW Health would make adjustments to see if adjustments were made are needed

The restrictions do not affect the regional NSW, only the greater Sydney area However, Ms. Berejiklian urged all residents and visitors to the state to “practice COVID-safe behavior and get tested, even if symptoms are mild”

Residents in the southern half of the northern beaches are also considered part of Greater Sydney from midnight, while residents north of Narrabeen Bridge are considered to be at home until at least 9 January apply

The state recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 community transmission and another 12 cases in returned travelers in hotel quarantine

NSW registered seven locally acquired cases of # COVID19 in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. last night, another 12 cases for returned travelers in hotel quarantine.This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW to 4 since the pandemic began758 image Twittercom / K2m38p6uwx

Five of the locally acquired cases are from western and southwestern Sydney and are connected to the Berala Cluster, which now includes seven with the original source of infection from a man in his forties

A new infection is still being investigated after on Friday in the 24 hours until 8:32 p.m.000 tests were performed

Three cases of community transmission were reported Friday while the state government is still urging West Sydney residents of Greystanes, Auburn, Berala and Lidcombe to be tested with the slightest symptom

NSW Health expanded its list of exposure sites on Friday evening, stating that anyone between the ages of 22 and 31 December visited ESPE in Berala, must be immediately tested and isolated

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 meters away from others, please check relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and schedule a test by calling your doctor or contacting the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080

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