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Greater Sydney and NSW Covid-19 restrictions: new coronavirus rules for Mother’s Day weekend explained

People in the greater Sydney region, including Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains, had new Covid restrictions from 5pm Thursday. Can you have visitors? Is mask-wearing compulsory? Is travelling permitted? Here’s what you can and can’

The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced new restrictions for greater Sydney, including Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains, following two cases of local Covid transmission in Sydney’s east.

On Thursday the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said laboratory testing had revealed the community case of a man in his 50s who returned a positive test on Wednesday matched a case who travelled to the state from the US and quarantined at the Park Royal at Darling Harbour, before being moved to Sydney Health Accommodation on 28 April.

But Chant said contact tracers had not identified any location where the pair could have come in contact with each other or any other direct link between the two cases.

From 5pm Thursday until 12.01am Monday, the following restrictions are in place in greater Sydney:

  • No more than 20 people allowed to gather in private homes.

  • No singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues.

  • The only exception is weddings, where it’s recommended no more than 20 be allowed on the dancefloor at a time.

  • Onstage performers can also still sing and dance.

  • Compulsory mask-wearing at all public indoor spaces, including public transport, supermarkets, hospitality venues and any indoor event.

  • Only two visitors are allowed for aged care residents and masks must be worn.

  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed.

Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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