Sydneysiders party amid lockdown


    Bars and restaurants in Sydney were packed in the final hours before Sydney went into a seven-day lockdown. Partygoers in Bondi, Coogee, Surry Hills, and the CBD were determined to enjoy their last hours of freedom before going into lockdown for a week.

    From 11.59pm last night about a million people who live or work in the four Sydney councils of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney, will be only allowed to leave the house to shop for essential items, seek medical care, exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer or perform work or attend education if they cannot do so from home.

    It comes as NSW Health issued a massive quarantine order for one of the city’s tallest apartment buildings, the 40-storey, 300-unit Elan complex in the heart of Kings Cross. All 500 residents are being tested and are forced to isolate after one resident tested positive for covid. The entrance to the building has been blocked.


    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged those impacted by the lockdown to do the right thing and abide by the rules. “Please know that this is for us to ensure that this doesn’t take hold for weeks and weeks,” she said. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it would be cracking down on Covid-19 compliance.

    “It would appear that there may be a small number of people who don’t comply with the expectations. The guidelines are there with the public health orders. That’s disappointing,” he said. “We will, though, now, be having orders that will be effective, requiring that people comply with those guidelines effectively.”

    Crown and Oxford streets in Surry Hills were also packed. Ms. Berejiklian also advised against panic buying. “You can go out and buy anything you need any time of the day,” she said. “We don’t have a curfew; we don’t have anything like that. On Friday afternoon, urgent alerts were put out for 22 new Covid exposure sites across Sydney, including Lotus Barangaroo, Woolworths in Randwick, and David Jones in Burwood.

    By Friday night, more venues were added in Bondi, Double Bay, Waterloo, and Kensington. Health authorities have also issued alerts for Hugo’s restaurant and The Boathouse at Shelly Beach in Manly, saying they should immediately get tested and isolated for 14 days. A wedding at Doltone House in Sylvania Waters has also been pinpointed as another potential superspreader event. Many of the 200 guests received texts from the government about contact with a positive case.


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