NSW is being cautious following the one case of community transmission and subsequnetly the man's wife also testing positive. The restrictions which were originally planned to be effective for only three days from 5pm Thursday 6 May, were extend to until 12.01am Monday 17 May.
The NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berjeklian announced that 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, wehere 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.
- The only exception is for shoppers in retail who will no longer be required to wear a mask.
- 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.
In the meantime Australians welcome the news that pharmaceutical company Moderna has done a deal with the Australian government to provide 25 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the nation.
Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday morning confirmed the deal, which he said would see 1 million doses arrive by September and 9 million doses by December.