The majority of coronavirus restrictions across Greater Sydney will stay in place for the Christmas period, but there will be “modest changes” in time for Christmas Eve.
The NSW Government has declared changes to COVID-19 restrictions across Greater Sydney. And most of the lockdown orders will consider for the northern beaches on Christmas.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian held “crisis cabinet” meeting on Wednesday morning to recognise how citizens across NSW would spend their Christmas Day.
After declaring eight new COVID-19 positive cases, the Premier said there would now be two sets of restrictions for the northern beaches’ southern and northern areas.
From December 24, Sydney’s Northern Beaches’ lockdown will be divided into two areas: residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge and east of the Bahai Temple on Mona Vale Road and the southern section the local government area.
Ms Berejiklian said, “being a resident of the northern beaches’ northern part, you have to stay in your area because you are still in lockdown.”
“On the 24th, 25th and 26th of December, you are allowed to gather five people into your home. But there is one condition the guest should be from their region only.”
People in Southern area are not allowed to have more than ten adult visitors.
Ms Berejiklian said “the coronavirus restrictions brought in earlier this week for Greater Sydney. It involves the Central Coast and the Wollongong LGA, would stay in place; however for a small tweak which would allow an unlimited number of children under 12 to join a maximum of 10 adults to visit homes on December 24, 25 and 26.”
The ten adult cap applies to visitors, and not the residents of the home.
Ms Berejiklian said, “children below 12 have determined not to be carriers of the COVID-19.”
“What we are putting ahead is very modest restrictions based on the best advice given to us,” said Ms Berejiklian.
From December 27, the coronavirus restriction will revert to permit only ten people to meet households in the restricted area.
There will be no changes to coronavirus restrictions for regional NSW; there are approx 50 visitors permitted in private homes.