New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was “the scariest time I have felt since the start of the pandemic” as she announced the lockdown and orders for associated home stay for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.
The new restrictions follow smaller closures in parts of the city that began on Friday in a bid to stem an outbreak of the highly contagious variant.
“Everyone in Greater Sydney should stay at home except for one essential reason,” Berejiklian said in a statement outlining the restrictions.
Under the ordinance, which will be in effect until at least July 9, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential work, studies, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, to seek medical care. , exercise outdoors, and purchase food and other essentials. Those who wish to exercise outdoors can only do so in groups of 10 or less.
The foreclosure notice prompted some residents to invade local markets.
At least 29 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the 24 hours before the lockdown went into effect, according to the state health ministry. This includes 17 new infections which were announced on Friday morning.
As an outbreak of the most contagious variant of COVID-19 identified continues to spread, “we have always indicated that we will not hesitate to go further with restrictions to protect the people of NSW,” said Berejiklian .