More restrictions as virus continues to spread

Covid-19 restrictions will be tightened as NSW fights to stop the virus spreading.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW is facing its biggest challenge since the pandemic started, with the growing number of infectious cases in the community and unlinked cases of community transmission a concern.
She said unless there is a dramatic turn around it would be difficult to ease restrictions next week.
From 5pm today (Friday, July 9) the following additional restrictions will be in place:
• Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
• People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
• Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
• Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, July 11).
The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:
• Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
• Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
• Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
• Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.
In a joint statement the Premier and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the tightened restrictions are necessary due to the increasing number of unlinked cases in the community.
“We understand this is a difficult time for the community and businesses. We thank them for their understanding and patience,” they said.
“High testing numbers are key to finding unrecognised chains of transmission in the community, so please continue to come forward for a COVID-19 test, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.”
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Are you a close or casual contact?
CLOSE contacts should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.
Sites include: Auburn Reading Cinema on Sunday, June 20, from 6:30pm (screening of Fast And Furious 9); and Burger and Salad Haus, Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday, June 24, 10.45-11.55am. Sydney Olympic The Locker Room on Saturday, June 26, 12pm-2.30pm; Homebush Rams Food on Friday, June 25, 11.10am-12.10pm, on Friday, June 25; and Lidcombe Dotori Fresh Sushi 24 on Saturday, June 26, 10am-7pm; Auburn Fresh City Fruit and Vegetables on Monday, July 5, 3.30-4.30pm; Auburn New Star Kebabs on Monday, July 5, 3.30-4.30pm; Auburn Sahar Market on Monday, July 5, 3.30-4.30pm; Aldi Merrylands on Monday, July 5, 1.30-3.30pm; Merrylands Australia Post Office on Monday, July 5, 2-3pm; Merrylands Kmart on Monday, July 5, 1.30-3.30pm; Merrylands Stocklands Shopping Centre on Monday, July 5, 1.30-3.30pm; and Merrylands Sadaqat on Monday, July 5, 1.30-2pm.
Casual contacts should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.
Sites include: Auburn Central Auburn Central Pharmacy on Monday, June 28, 10.15-10.35am; Auburn Central Auburn Chickens on Monday, June 28, 11.20-11.30am; Auburn Central Sunshine Fruit on Monday, June 28, 11.05- 11.25am; Auburn Central Woolworths on Monday, June 28, 10.30-11.10am; Auburn Reading Cinema on Sunday, June 20, 6-10pm (screening of Fast and Furious 9); Merrylands Big Bun on Monday, June 21, 6.50-7.10pm; Big W- Stocklands Merrylands on Monday, June 14, 1.50-2.45pm; Dominos Pizza Merrylands on Monday, June 21, 6.20-6.50pm; Oporto, Stocklands Merrylands Food Court on Monday, June 14, 2.40-2.45pm; Granville Chemist Warehouse on Wednesday, June 30, 11.15-11.30am; South Granville Speedway Petrol Station on Thursday, July 1, 8.45-9am; Auburn Pindi Supermarket on Tuesday, June 29, 5.40-5.50pm; Auburn Aldi on Tuesday, June 29, 5.35-5.45pm; Auburn Town Centre Auburn, Sunday-Saturday, June 27-July 3; Auburn’s David Asian Food Supermarket on Sunday, June 27, 10.10-10.20am; Auburn Hamro Asan Bazarr Shop on Monday, June 28, 3.30-4.30pm; Auburn Wing Fat Meat Market on Sunday, June 27, 10-10.10am; Homebush West Di Yuan Asian Groceries on Tuesday, June 29, 4.20-4.30pm; Homebush West K.W. Barbeque Shop on Tuesday, June 29, 4-4.15pm; Homebush West Tan Huong Long Supermarket on Tuesday, June 29, 4.30-4.45pm; Newington Woolworths on Sunday, June 27, 12-1.20pm.
Monitor for symptoms
Granville Woolworths Metro on Wednesday, June 30, 11.10-11.20am; and Stocklands Merrylands on Monday, June 14, 1-3pm.