Singing and Dancing Banned in Greater Sydney, Masks Made Compulsory Following New COVID-19 Cases

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced snap restrictions for the Greater Sydney area after a Sydney man tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and an additional case of community transmission – the man’s wife – was recorded overnight.

From 5pm today (Thursday, 6th May) until 12am on Monday (10th May), singing and dancing will not be permitted in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues – weddings are excepted.

Additionally, masks will be compulsory within all indoor venues, including retail, theatres, public transport and supermarkets. Patrons will not be required to wear masks within hospitality venues while eating or drinking, but will be required to remain seated.

Additionally, no more than 20 people will be allowed inside a home. The restrictions apply to those in the Greater Sydney area, including the Central Coast, Illawarra and Blue Mountains regions.

“Maintain your good social distancing. Make sure you avoid large events if you’re vulnerable and make sure you exhibit good hand hygiene and most importantly make sure, if you have the mildest of symptoms, you come forward and get tested,” Berejiklian advised Sydneysiders today.

Adding that the state government was telling businesses to “keep doors open”, Berejiklian also stressed the importance of checking into venues using QR codes, saying the practice is allowing New South Wales to have a “proportionate” response to the new cases.

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