WATCH LIVE: Gladys Berejiklian press conference today with update on new NSW COVID-19 cases and lockdown
NSW Health was forced to clarify new restrictions for Greater Sydney after residents were thrown into confusion on Saturday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian tightened stay-at-home orders on Saturday, saying only emergency service and healthcare workers were allowed to leave the Local Government Areas of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Office Kerry Chant will provide a COVID-19 update at 11am AEST on Sunday. You can watch it LIVE in the video player BELOW.
But overnight, a list of 35 different exemption categories were released, including political staff and data storage technicians.
Residents are barred from leaving the three council areas while all but critical retailers across Sydney are closed as the city doubles down in its most serious battle yet with COVID-19.
NSW Health COVID-19 update
NSW reported 111 new community cases of coronavirus on Saturday along with the death of a man in his 80s.
At least 80 per cent of cases have come from the city’s southwest.
And at least 29 of 111 were also infectious before going into isolation, a number authorities say is too high.
“I can’t remember a time when our state has been challenged to such an extent,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Saturday.
“Not a single one of these decisions was taken lightly.”
Sydney COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
Tougher restrictions apply to the entire Greater Sydney region as well.
From Sunday, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and few other retailers will be allowed to open and will have to operate with ‘click and collect’ or takeaway.
Construction sites, large or small, will be shut.
All office workers and others working from home should not be pressured to go in to work, with employers to potentially incur a $10,000 fine if they push staff to attend.
Berejiklian also told Sydneysiders not to carpool with anyone.
NSW Health COVID hotspots
The list of coronavirus exposure venues exploded overnight.
More than 40 additional venues were listed by NSW Health, plus several more public transport routes.
See the full list of latest COVID-19 hotspots here.