NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced “modest” changes to coronavirus restrictions over Christmas after the state recorded eight new locally acquired cases.
“These are modest adjustments and modest changes to account for the fact that everyone has had a very difficult year and some people’s stress levels and mental health capabilities are already at a critical point,” Berejiklian said.
Here is what you need to know.
What restrictions are changing?
For residents of Greater Sydney, there will be no change to the 10 visitors per household rule, except for December 24-26.
During that period, children under the age of 12 are not counted.
But you can’t have different groups of 10 people during the day.
Can I see my family at Christmas?
Yes you can, but there are restrictions for residents of the Sydney Northern Beaches hotspot.
People over the age of 70 are also urged to reconsider visiting homes outside of their usual residence.
What about the northern beaches of Sydney?
The northern beaches will be split in two at Narrabeen Bridge starting December 24.
Those who live in the southern part of the North Beaches, like Dee Why or Manly, can have 10 visitors from December 24 to 26. But people cannot leave their area.
Northern Beaches residents living north of the Narrabeen Bridge may have five people in their home, but they must be people from that region.
They are not allowed to have anyone out of the area or move out of the area.
There are no changes to the restrictions for regional residents of NSW.
Yes. Buying food and other essential goods and services are acceptable reasons to leave home for the closed beaches of the north.
What about the Service NSW QR code?
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said that all businesses are expected to use the Service NSW QR code app by January 1.
Are there changes to exercising outdoors?
Outdoor exercise is allowed.
Yes, but Northern Beaches residents or people who have visited since December 10 are encouraged to stay in your area.
What about older visitors?
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said people over the age of 70 “should think twice” before visiting other houses outside of their usual residence.
Can I go camping, fishing or go to the beach?
For those in Greater Sydney or regional NSW, yes. Restrictions are maintained for the northern beach area.
How long will these restrictions last?
The changes will return to the current rules on December 27. The NSW government will then assess whether the southern part of the Northern Beaches is moved to the Greater Sydney restrictions or whether it returns to the current restrictions in the northern part of the Northern Beaches.