Gladys Berejiklian
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant (background). Photo – Dean Lewins, AAP IMAGE.
  • 16 new Covid cases in NSW (including 13 overnight) has led to the latest crackdown
  • Home opens and auctions are limited to one person per 4sqm and other measures
  • The new restrictions start at 4pm tonight, and last for one week

Due to the “evolving” Covid-19 outbreak (10 new locally acquired cases) in Sydney, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant announced a week of restrictions in the Greater Sydney area, as of 4pm today, local time.

The restrictions also apply to the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions.

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory indoors, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
  • Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people);
  • Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
  • The one person per four square metre rule to be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
  • Outdoor seated events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;
  • Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced;
  • People living or working in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, will not be able to travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential reasons.

These restrictions will be in place for one week.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that Sydneysiders are once being asked to do what they do best and follow the health advice to get on top of this outbreak.

“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know the effect this will have on residents and venues but we must take this action now to ensure we keep on top of this outbreak.”

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant urged the community to play their part in controlling the COVID spread.

What it means for the real estate industry

Buyers and renters will have to wear masks when attending home opens or auctions, and the numbers will be restricted.

Home Opens – will come under the one person (including children) per 4sqm rule; masks are mandatory; hand sanitiser must be available; records of attendees must be kept and everyone should keep to social distancing.

Auctions – as per home opens, one person per 4sqm for in-person auctions and masks are mandatory; real estate agency to follow Covid-19 safety plan as per NSW Public Health Order.

No one from Greater Sydney can visit a home open or auction if outside that area.

The government and health experts will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updated information and advice.

Stay well, everyone.

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