WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with COVID-19 update on new NSW cases
Residents of Greater Sydney will need to wait until the weekend has passed before it will learn when the Harbour City will be released from its lockdown restrictions.
“We need to wait until at least the weekend and early next week to see the impact of those harsher restrictions,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is will provide a COVID-19 update at 11am on Thursday. Watch the press conference LIVE in the video player above as soon as it’s available.
NSW COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 cases spiked in the 24-hour period to 8pm on Tuesday with the state recording 110 new locally acquired cases – the third-highest daily tally – up from 78 the previous day.
But Berejiklian said that figure would have been in the “thousands and thousands” had Greater Sydney and surrounding regions not gone into lockdown, which is now in its fourth week.
The virus must be quashed before restrictions can be lifted but the premier won’t be drawn on whether her government could go harder if daily case numbers don’t start to improve.
The lockdown is due to end on July 30.
Meanwhile, a nursing home in Sydney’s south is in lockdown after a nurse tested positive for COVID.
NSW Health says visitors or non-essential staff should not enter The Palms, in Kirrawee, and affected staff – some of whom are not vaccinated – have been isolated and will be tested within the next 24 hours.
“Thankfully, most of our residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” the home said in a statement.
“We are treating all residents as close contacts of the affected staff member whilst we assess the situation in more detail.”
Sydney COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
From 11.59pm on Saturday, non-essential retail was forced to close, except for takeaway and home delivery.
Supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, health stores, petrol stations, car hire, banks and financial institutions, hardware stores, agriculture and rural supplies, pet supplies, post offices and newsagents and office supply stores are allowed to remain open.
Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool council areas cannot leave their local government area for work unless they are on this list of authorised workers.
Where those workers do need to leave their council areas for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.
Masks are mandatory in all outdoor work settings, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips and in any outdoor queues such as for takeaway food.
Residents will need to carry masks when leaving home and carpooling is banned.
From Monday, all construction was paused across Greater Sydney, including non-urgent maintenance, cleaning services and repair work until at least July 30.
Employers must also allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.
Meanwhile, people in the central-western local government areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne have entered day two of a week-long lockdown after a COVID-19 positive delivery driver from Sydney infected a factory worker.
It’s the first time stay-at-home orders have been imposed in regional NSW and thousands of people in those towns spent Wednesday in long queues waiting to be tested.
NSW Health COVID hotspots
Shoppers at a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney’s north have been ordered to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
The supermarket is among 35 new venues to be listed as exposure sites by NSW Health late on Wednesday.
Click here to see the latest NSW COVID-19 hotspots.
– with AAP