[July 17, 2021] The Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced today a round of new restrictions for Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast in response to stubbornly high community exposure rates to the COVID-19 delta variant.
The new restrictions for the Central Coast roll in over the next few days, the first orders beginning tonight.
From 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 July, 2021 sharper restrictions on shopping come into force.
Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following.
Retail that can remain open
- Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);
- Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
- Pharmacies and chemists;
- Petrol stations;
- Car hire;
- Banks and financial institutions;
- Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;
- Agricultural and rural supplies;
- Pet supplies;
- Post offices and newsagents
- Office supplies
Masks and a car sharing orders
Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food and all carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.
Construction industry ‘pause’
From Monday July 19 at 12.01am all construction and building work will be ‘paused’. Making all non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services and repair work on residential premises on hold until June 30.
Work from home order
From 12.01am on Wednesday July 21: Any employer that does not allow employees to work from home will be fined $10,000.
Local measures defended
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast MP Adam Crouch in a media statement after the broadcast press conference by the Premier and Chief Health Officer wrote, ‘unfortunately the risk on the Central Coast is increasing, with traces of COVID-19 detected again in the Bateau Bay sewerage plant.
There are 2 positive COVID-19 cases in the 2261 postcode but NSW Health also fears that there is undetected community transmission of the virus’.
Crouch said the message from our Premier Gladys Berejiklian is “just because you haven’t had a case in your suburb or Local Government Area, don’t assume there isn’t one.”
Verified information sources: Media Release Premier & Health Ministry July 17, 2021. Media statement Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch MP for Terrigal.