The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has appealed to residents of the identified hot spot areas in Melbourne to stay put and not come to NSW. Ms Berejiklian, who has been consistently opposed to border closures, also called on NSW businesses to shun customers from Melbourne.
"I call on all organisations not to interact with citizens from Melbourne at this stage," she said on Tuesday.
“I would encourage businesses not to welcome anybody from those hotspots.
"Do not take the risk, it's not worth it.”
The identified six hotsports in Melbourne are: Hume (11 cases), Brinbank (11), Casey (9), Moreand (6), Cardinia (5) and Darebin (4).
In NSW, the physical distancing of 4sq metres between individuals remains mandatory in venues that are allowed to be open with restricted numbers.
The places that are to remain closed are indoor cinemas, theatre or theatrettes , strip clubs and sex services premises.
People considered to be in the vulnerable group are cautioned about the need to observe precautionary measures. This group includes those who are 70 years and over, aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, those with a compromised immune sytem and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years or over with chronic medical conditions. The following are the steps recommended to lower the COVID-19 risk:
*avoid unnecessary travel
*avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
*consider having groceries and medications delivered to home
*clean and disinfect surfaces
*frequently wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
*cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.
In the meantime, the main items from National Cabinet today, June 26 is that the 14day quarantine of travellers returning to Australia is to stay, reduction to 2sq metres for smaller venues and that the Treasurer and the Prime Minister are to talk to banks regarding deferral of loan repayments.
The latest announcements regarding Australia's troubled skies include the national carrier QANTAS to slash 6,000 positions with 15,000 to remain stood down due to reduced operations and that Virgin is in a sale contract arrangement with Bain Capital, a USA company.
The arrangements between New Zealand and Australia to implement a 'travel bauble' are still being finalised. Regional travel within NSW is allowed.