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Northern Illawarra lockdown extended for another week

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GIVEN the ongoing cases of community transmission and following updated health advice, the current lockdown in the northern Illawarra will be extended for another week until 11.59pm on Friday, July 16. 

The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until this time.

Learning will be online for schools and students, including Bulli High School and other schools in the Wollongong LGA from Tuesday, July 13 for four days. Schools will remain open for students who need them and the NSW Government says no child will be turned away from school. All students will return to the classroom on Monday, July 19. 

In a statement on the Bulli High School Facebook Page, principal, Denise James said teachers will provide one unit of work for students which will be online.

Bulli High School will remain open for students and families who need it, although parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

“Any student who needs to attend school will be supervised in the school library,” Mr James said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision to extend the lockdown is based on health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant and will assist NSW Health’s efforts to contain the delta strain.  The Premier said the first and foremost priority for the government is to protect the health and safety of the community. 

“The delta strain requires a different response to previous outbreaks, and until the majority of our population is vaccinated, we cannot live as freely as we would like to,” Premier Berejiklian said.

“We would like to thank the community and businesses for their patience and understanding during this time.  Please continue to come forward for COVID-19 testing to help us find any unrecognised chains of transmission in the community.”

Premier Berejiklian said in the coming days the NSW Government will detail a plan for exiting from restrictions to give the community and businesses certainty in the coming weeks and months.

Read the latest information about COVID-19 rules.


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A 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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