Lockdown extended to July 30

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With Wednesday’s announcement of a two-week extension to the COVID lockdown, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said he would call on NSW Health to consider the Coast’s exclusion from the restrictions.

At the daily COVID-19 press conference at Parliament House on Wednesday morning, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision to extend the stay-at-home orders was based on NSW Health advice.

“It always hurts to say this … but it’s our job to keep the community safe,” she said.

“We will assess the situation at the end of those two weeks and provide information beyond that.”

The stay-at-home orders will now be in place until at least 11:59pm on Friday, July 30.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said he supports the Premier’s decision to extend the lockdown.

“While following the health advice is our number one priority, I am also acutely aware of the impact this lockdown is having on our families, workers and businesses,” Crouch said.

“Currently NSW Health remains very concerned about a ‘seeding event’ occurring in the Central Coast region.

“However, if this risk does subside and if we record no local cases over the next few days, I will fiercely advocate for the Premier and Dr Chant to end the Central Coast region’s lockdown.

“We do not want the lockdown to go for one day longer than what is necessary.

“That is why everyone must continue to stay at home and follow the rules.”

Under the restrictions, you can only leave you home for the following reasons: shop for food or other essential goods and services, medical care or compassionate needs, exercise in a group of two or less and within 10 kilometres of your home, and essential work or education where you cannot work from home.

Online learning for students will also continue for an additional two weeks.

Maisy Rae