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Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions: What you can and cannot do from Monday

People who live outside the areas of concern can still enter those areas for exercise, so long as they are no further than five kilometres from their home.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro indicated on Saturday there would be more flexibility for people living in regional and rural areas who needed to travel further to access essential services.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian is concerned about the spread of the virus in western NSW.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian is concerned about the spread of the virus in western NSW.Credit:Edwina Pickles

NSW Police are also ramping up patrols to combat potential breaches of public health orders from Monday.

On-the-spot fines for breaking self-isolation rules, lying on a permit or lying to a contact tracer will increase to $5000, while anyone who breaches the two-person exercise or outdoor recreation rule will be fined $3000.

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Additional measures will come into effect next Saturday, August 21. Anyone travelling to regional NSW as an authorised worker, to inspect real estate (not including investment properties), or to travel to a second home for urgent maintenance, repairs or animal welfare will need to obtain a permit through Service NSW.

In the LGAs of concern, people living alone who have nominated one friend or family member to visit them, under what’s known as a “singles bubble”, will need to register those visitors online.

Single people in the rest of the NSW do not need to register their nominated visitor.

The statewide lockdown means all residents in NSW must stay home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. People cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, except in the limited circumstances allowed by the public health order:

  • for childcare
  • to give effect to new or existing arrangements for spending time with, and
  • providing contact between, parents and children under the age of 18 or
  • between siblings,
  • to assist a person moving to or from the place of residence,
  • to avoid an injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm,
  • because of an emergency,
  • to view or inspect real property for sale or lease or participate in an auction of real property

People can also have one visitor at one time:

  • to fulfil carers’ responsibilities,
  • to provide care or assistance, including personal care, to a vulnerable person,
  • for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together, and
  • as the nominated visitor of an adult person who lives alone, under what is known as the singles bubble.

All hospitality venues including restaurants, pubs and cafes must close except for takeaway. Supermarkets, pharmacies, service stations, banks, post offices, newsagents, laundromats and phone repair stores can stay open. Shops that mainly sell food or drink (eg butchers, bakeries, bottle shops), hardware and building supplies, landscaping and gardening supplies, pet supplies, stationery, or maternity and baby supplies can stay open.

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Anyone who leaves their home must carry a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when working outdoors, by all school staff, by all people in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in outdoor queues waiting to collect items such as coffee and food.

Every employer across NSW must allow their employees to work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable. Work is a reasonable excuse to leave home but only if employees cannot work from home.

Small funerals and memorial services can go ahead with no more than 10 guests from Monday.

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