NSW Premier Gladys Berjeklian at a media briefing expressed her concern over the occurrence over the cases of COVID-19 by community transmission.  In a media briefing she said:

“NSW remains on high alert, but having said that, I am deeply grateful to all our expert health detectives, our contact tracers, who have done an unbelievable job of identifying venues and establishments where there are cases,” she said.

“I also want to thank everybody for appreciating the importance of self-isolating for those full 14 days, not 13 or 12, but those full 14 days.”

Over the last twenty four hours, there were 21 new cases.   The total of NSW recorded cases todate is 3,567 of which 2,800 recovered; with 219 active cases and 51 deaths.

There has been no change in the NSW restrictions previously advised.  These are:

*Hospitality venues, including cafes and restaurants, breweries, cellar doors, clubs, bars, and casinos, will have to follow the same restrictions as pubs and will need to register as a COVID Safe business.

*There is a limit of 10 people for each individual booking. There must be less than 10 people per group entering the venue.

*A number of other venues will also need to register as a COVID Safe venue, including places of public worship, funeral homes and crematoria.

*Places of public worship such as churches, synagogues and temples will be limited to 100 people at all times or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is the lesser.

*Crematoria and funeral homes will now have to have COVID-19 Safety Plans.

*Rules for corporate events have changed with a maximum of 150, with all the people seated and not allowed to mingle.

*Business owners and organisers will need to collect the time a customer was at the premises.

* Up to 20 visitors may visit another household at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.  There is no daily limit to visitors to your home, so long as you don’t have more than 20 visitors at any one time.

[Excerpts from:  https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules#what-has-changed]

In the meantime, it is concerning that Victoria continues to have more positive cases and where one in four of over 500 who tested positive were not home when visited by health authorities.  In the last 24 hours,  there were 627 new cases and 8 deaths.  These bring to a total of 9,998 cases;  of which 4,259 have recovered  and 105 deaths.

As of tomorrow, August 1st at 1 am, Queensland will close its borders to residents and people who have visited the Greater Sydney Area, including the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.  Ms Berjeklian expressed disappointment that she was not briefed by the Queensland Premier about this closure and that she found the information from the media.

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