Additional measures for Greater Sydney, including Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains, were announced by the State Government of New South Wales due to the risk of further transmission of coronavirus.
In amongst the new guidelines, it was decided that effective midnight tonight, face masks will be mandatory inside places of worship and also, in other indoor settings which include supermarkets and shopping centres, public/shared transport, etc.
It must be mentioned that the holy places of worship will be limited to 1 person per 4 sqm up to a maximum of 100 people.
The same rule also applies for weddings and funerals, where 1 person per 4 sqm, up to a maximum of 100 people is upheld.
The same set of measures provides for a reduction to 500 people who can take part in outdoor performances and protests, and to 2,000 people who attend limited outdoor, seated, ticketed events. In addition, the operation of nightclubs is not allowed.
People are still encouraged to limit non-essential gatherings and reduce their mobility where possible to further minimise the risk of transmission.
Although the above measures do not apply to areas outside of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains, all residents and visitors across the State of New South Wales are required to practice COVID safe behaviours to get tested even if symptoms are mild.