Sydney hotspot residents and workers must wait to July 3 to ski/board

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The current restrictions on Greater Sydney have been extended until midnight on July 2 as 22 new locally acquired Covid infections were announced by the NSW state government today, bringing the Bondi cluster linked cases to 65.

Those who live or work in Canada Bay, Inner West and Bayside areas cannot travel beyond metropolitan Sydney without a reasonable excuse.

Those who live or work in Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney have also now been placed under stay at home orders from 11.59pm tonight for seven days. Meaning Sydney’s eastern suburbs and CBD residents, and those that work in the regions, must wait until July 3 to travel to the snow fields.

“It doesn’t matter where you live — if you happen to be usually working in one of those four Local Government Areas, you have to adhere to the stay-at-home order,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at today’s press conference.

They will only be able to leave home for work if they cannot work from home, to exercise in groups of 10 or less outdoors, education if it can’t be done from home, shopping for essential goods and services or to provide essential care to someone.

“The reason is that a number of what we call the seeding events or the transmissions have occurred because people who might be working in a venue in Bondi or the CBD have come into work,” explained the Premier.

“They’ve potentially got the virus from a client and been infectious while they’ve kept on working and passed it on to other people. If you have the mildest of symptoms, if you think you’ve been exposed, you have to go and get tested and isolated until Health gives you further advice.”

Masks remain mandatory for indoors and on public transport, also until midnight on July 2.

More to come.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.