Sydney left in LOCKDOWN LIMBO as NSW government backflip on COVID-19 restrictions

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UPDATE: NSW recorded its second COVID-19 death in 24 hours on Sunday amid another spike in new cases.

There is mass confusion in southwest Sydney over who is considered an “essential worker” after a series of new restrictions were announced by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Saturday.

Berejiklian tightened stay-at-home orders on Saturday, saying only emergency services and healthcare workers were allowed to leave the local government areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.

But overnight, a list of 35 different exemption categories was released, including political staff and data storage technicians. You can view the full list of exemptions below.

Residents are barred from leaving all three areas of the council while all but critical retailers in Sydney are closed as the city doubles its most serious battle to date with COVID-19.

NSW reported 111 new community cases of coronavirus on Saturday as well as the death of a man in the 1980s.

At least 80% of cases originate from the southwest of the city.

And at least 29 out of 111 were also infectious before being isolated, a number too high according to authorities.

“I don’t remember a time when our state was challenged to such an extent,” said Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

“Not a single one of these decisions was taken lightly.”

Gladys Berejiklian announced stricter restrictions on Saturday. Credit: PAA

NSW Health “authorized workers”

NSW Health released a list of workers authorized to travel outside the local government area in which they live on Saturday evening if they are required to leave their homes to work.

They are:

1. Retail

a person employed or engaged to work for a retail premises specified in clause 24 (1A) of the ordinance:

  • supermarkets and local shops
  • stores that primarily sell food or drink
  • pharmacies and pharmacies
  • kiosks
  • stores that primarily sell any of the following: office supplies, pet supplies (newspapers, magazines, and stationery alcohol maternity and baby supplies medical or pharmaceutical supplies
  • places to eat, but only to the extent permitted under paragraph 24 (1) (b) of the Decree
  • cellar door premises, but only to the extent permitted under paragraph 24 (1) (e) of the Decree
  • hardware and construction supplies
  • landscaping equipment supplies
  • rural supplies
  • lumber yards
  • garden centers and nurseries,
  • vehicle rental premises, excluding vehicle sales premises

2. Retail

  • industrial or commercial food retail

3. Administrative and support services

  • “click and collect” services

4. Public administration and security

  • a member of the NSW Police Force, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service or the
  • NSW Ambulance Service or other emergency services worker

5. Public administration and security

  • the administration of justice, including with respect to the operation of courts and tribunals, correctional centers and community corrections services

6. Public administration and security

  • a person employed or engaged by or on behalf of the Government of New South Wales for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

7. Public administration and security

  • a member of an Australian parliament

8. Public administration and security

  • Defense, national security and law enforcement

9. Public administration and security

  • a person employed or engaged by Services Australia
  • a person employed or engaged by Service NSW

10. Health care and social assistance

  • a person who provides health services within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997 (whether or not in the public or private sector) or a licensed health practitioner or a person who works for a health practitioner approved

11. Health care and social assistance

  • a person employed or hired by the Ministry of Communities and Justice to provide housing or roaming services

12. Health care and social assistance

  • a person employed or engaged to provide services to people with disabilities or vulnerable people

13. Health care and social assistance

  • a person employed or engaged in a residential care facility for the elderly

14. Health care and social assistance

  • family violence and sexual assault services

15. Health care and social assistance

  • veterinary services (including laboratory and diagnostic services and clinics)

16. Health care and social assistance

  • animal welfare, care and housing services (except animal grooming, unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason)

17. Health care and social assistance

  • end-of-life services, including funeral services, crematoria and cemeteries, morgues and morgues, spiritual or religious services related to end-of-life services

18. Education

19. Education

  • early childhood education and care

20. Agriculture

  • biosecurity and food safety personnel performing critical tasks

21. Manufacturing

  • production and manufacture of food, beverages, groceries and sanitary products

22. Manufacturing

  • food and fiber processing and manufacturing

23. Manufacturing

  • manufacture of food and beverage packaging

24. Manufacturing

  • manufacture of coffins and boxes

25. Manufacturing

26. Manufacturing

  • manufacture of telecommunications equipment and infrastructure

27. Transport, post and storage

  • port and airport operations

28. Transport, post and storage

  • freight, logistics, post, courier or delivery services (including food logistics, delivery and fulfillment of errands)

29. Transport, post and storage

  • export supply chain operators

30. Transport, post and storage

  • distribution of food, groceries and sanitary products for sale by supermarkets, grocery stores or other stores primarily selling food or drink

31. Transport, post and storage

32. Transport, post and storage

  • road transport (passengers and goods) apart from taxi and carpooling services
  • rail transport (passengers and freight) – including marshalling yards
  • water transport (passengers and goods)
  • air transport (passengers and freight)
  • pipeline and other transport
  • transport assistance services
  • vehicle repairs and critical maintenance, including disinfection
  • towing services
  • operational transport critical security personnel

33. Electricity, gas, water and waste services

  • electric utilities
  • functioning of energy systems
  • gas services
  • liquid fuels
  • water supply, sanitation, sewerage and drainage services
  • waste resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services)

34. Information media and telecommunications

  • telecommunications services, internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services
  • data specialists and technicians
  • data storage

35. Other benefits

  • essential services for the upkeep, safety and upkeep of public and recreational spaces

You can see NSW Health for more information.

Sydney COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

Stricter restrictions also apply to the entire greater Sydney area.

From Sunday, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and a few other retailers will be allowed to open and will have to operate in “click and collect” or take out.

Construction sites, large or small, will be closed.

Not all office workers and others working from home should be forced to go to work, with employers potentially facing a fine of $ 10,000 if they press staff to attend.

Berejiklian also told the Sydneysiders not to carpool with anyone.

With data modeling based on more than 400 exhibition sites indicating everyone in Sydney is at risk, the PM said the harder line was needed.

She defended the measures taken so far to curb the epidemic, saying they had averted “thousands and thousands” of cases and that the additional restrictions were a “no regrets policy”.

Runners in Sydney
Stricter lockdown restrictions came into effect in Sydney after 111 new cases of the virus emerged. Credit: PAA

The tougher measures were motivated by the persistent number of infectious people in the community before they were diagnosed.

“We are seeing that some cases are still diagnosed late, but we have to see that number go down, it is way too high and that is why we have recommended much more extensive actions to reduce these interactions,” said Kerry Chant. , NSW Health Officer. mentionned.

Workplaces are a key area where new infections are sown, she added.

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Retail is restricted and all construction is on hold in Greater Sydney until July 30. Credit: PAA

NSW Police issued 162 fines within 24 hours as of Saturday on people flouting the lockdown.

Two more people were charged and eight others were fined on Saturday afternoon after an unauthorized protest in southwest Sydney.

The orders are stepping up enforcement in the three southwestern local government areas that are entering extra-strict lockdown.

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New COVID-19 testing rules have come into effect for essential workers based in Fairfield. Credit: PAA

Residents were assured on Saturday that government agencies would mobilize by July 30 to provide them with supplies and services as needed.

A record 82,000 people showed up for a COVID-19 test on Friday.

NSW COVID-19 Access Points

Overnight, more than 40 additional locations were listed by NSW Health, along with several other public transport routes.

You can click here to see the latest information on NSW COVID-19 hotspots.

– with AAP


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