Sydney is facing another extended lockdown.
The NSW lockdown is set to be extended until the end of September along with a number of new restrictions.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the lockdown extension today along with a curfew for LGA’s of concern from 9pm to 5am.
The LGA’s of concern are — Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield. Starting midnight from Monday, August 23, people in these areas must stay home between 9pm to 5am.
“The reason we are extending lockdown for another month and the reason we are imposing these additional measures in those local government areas of concern is because the vaccine takes at least two to three weeks of the first those who have effects,” the Premier said.
“We are throwing everything at this and doing everything we can and now it is time to bunker down.”
A mask mandate has also been introduced with masks required to be worn outdoors everywhere in NSW except while exercising.
“I apologise deeply, to the vast majority of people in those communities who are so doing the right thing, but for our own health and safety moving forward we need to make these difficult decisions,” Ms Berejiklian added.
NSW reported 642 cases of Covid-19 last night. More than 132,000 vaccinations were administered across the state.
Yesterday, it was announced that all Australians aged 16-39 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. You can book your vaccination here.
There are also several walk-in vaccination clinics across Sydney that are offering free AstraZeneca vaccinations to anyone aged 18 and above.
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Find out more about where and how you can get a COVID-19 vaccination here.