Covid NSW: Mask wearing now mandatory across all of Greater Sydney

Elias Hubbard
June 22, 2021

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced extended mandatory mask restrictions on Tuesday, with all people in Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Shellharbour required to wear a face mask while indoors for an additional seven days. Another seven cases were recorded after deadline which will be included in Wednesday's tally.

It's a bit confusing, so here's the breakdown of the 10 new cases figure: there are five new cases reported in today's figures, but two of those were announced yesterday.

Victoria required anyone from most of inner Sydney was required to get tested and isolate until they received a negative result.

"A very fleeting exchange or a very fleeting coexistence has actually allowed the virus to transfer and highlights how contagious it is". It comes as restrictions on Melbourne's five million residents continued easing, with new cases slowing to a trickle in recent days.

"Unfortunately, a number of people who contracted the virus have done so in a very fleeting way, literally being within less than a metre [of] somebody but sharing the same airspace without any physical contact", Berejiklian said.

That's a positive sign contact tracing and isolation is working, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says, but concerns remain over the extreme transmissibility of the Delta strain of the illness.

Motorists are pictured lining up for testing at St Vincent's testing clinic in Bondi on Saturday.

NSW Health has also ramped up its advice around the original infection site at Westfield Bondi Junction and is asking anyone who was there - including the auto park - at any time between June 12 and 18 June to get tested for Covid-19.

More locations were added to the list of coronavirus exposure sites on Monday night.

Passengers on three busy bus routes - visiting Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Northmead, Parramatta, Winston Hills, Haymarket and Newtown - were also listed as close or casual contacts. Sixteen people in New Zealand had been identified as having been in locations of interest in NSW and have been told to stay at home and be tested. In response, the government has reimposed mandatory mask-wearing in public transport and retail outlets across much of greater Sydney, but it has stopped short of ordering a lockdown.

Visitation limits have also been imposed on aged care and disability facilities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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