Masks on - new restrictions on Central Coast from midnight

Sunday, 03 Jan, 2021

There were no new cases acquired interstate or detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Greater Sydney woke to further coronavirus restrictions today after the government announced masks would be compulsory indoors and on public transport.

The news follows seven new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 yesterday, five from western Sydney and linked to the Berala cluster.

"Given all we've sacrificed past year, I don't think Victorians would expect anything else from the government that wants to keep their safety and wellbeing as its first priority", he said.

The news that the state is battling two separate outbreaks in Sydney comes on the first day of mandatory mask restrictions across Greater Sydney, with enforcement to begin at midnight Sunday.

Masks are now mandatory in Sydney shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty premises, entertainment venues such as cinemas and at other indoor venues like post offices and banks.

Victorian have accused their NSW counterparts of taking too long to mandate masks the combat the coronavirus outbreak on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant has admitted tens of thounsands of Sydneysiders - both primary and secondary contacts of the BWS Berala outbreak - are in isolation.

Prof Sutton is on leave and could not be contacted.

In Victoria, where all cases are linked to the same Melbourne restaurant, officials are investigating how the disease spread from the source in NSW, authorities said. The measure has been highly successful in Victoria and South Australia.

Despite the outbreak in Sydney, a scheduled 5-day cricket match between Australia and India, starting on Thursday, will go ahead, although with a reduced number of spectators.

'We want to increase economic activity and mask wearing in these settings will ensure we have the confidence to do that'.

Queenslanders who have been in Victoria on or since December 21 were earlier advised to get tested straight away and quarantine at home or their accommodation until they get their results.

There were over 18,000 tests conducted in the 24-hour period until 8pm on Saturday night, according to Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

More than 26,000 swab tests have been conducted on hotel quarantine staff since Victoria resumed taking global arrivals on December 7. "Victorians have a lot at stake here", Victorian health minister Martin Foley said.

"With this number of close contacts, we are expecting at least some of them may become case over the next week or so", he said, adding the risk of transmission was reduced because they were quarantining already. "We've completed over 26,000 tests of CQV staff and have supported their family to get tested every week - keeping them and our community safe".