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Public health order includes Illawarra’s north, following increase in Covid cases


IN response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, changes to restrictions are being introduced under a NSW Government Public Health Order that will include Wollongong’s northern suburbs.

These rules and restrictions apply to Wollongong, Greater Sydney, and the Central Coast from today, Monday December 21 2020.

The following restrictions are now in place:

  • The number of visitors allowed in a place of residence will be limited to 10 people. The total number of visitors includes adults and children. The limit to the number of visitors applies until midnight on December 23 2020.
  • A maximum of 10 people are permitted in holiday homes and short-term rentals unless everyone is from the same household.
  • This applies until midnight on December 23 2020. However, for premises that had already been rented out to more than 10 people before December 21, the people can continue to stay there.
  • Existing capacity requirements of one person per two square metres will be tightened to one person per four square metres in indoor areas.
  • A maximum of 300 people, subject to the one person per four square metres rule applies for each separate area of hospitality venues and places of public worship.
  • Religious services held indoors are limited to a maximum of 300 people, subject to the one person per four square metres rule.
  • Singing and chanting at indoor venues will not be allowed.
  • Dance floors will not be permitted, except for weddings, where a maximum of 20 people from the bridal party will be permitted.

    For information about what you can and can’t do under the rules, and a list of Local Government Areas affected by the changes, visit NSW Government website.  

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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