The New South Wales government has announced “modest changes” to coronavirus restrictions in the greater Sydney area, but most of the Northern Beaches lockdown orders remain in place for Christmas

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian held a “Crisis Cabinet” this morning to determine how people across NSW would spend their Christmas Day

After announcing eight new positive COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister announced that there would now be two types of restrictions on the northern and southern areas of the northern beaches

The northern part includes all those living north of the Narrabeen Bridge and east of the Baha’i Temple in Mona Vale, and the southern part includes the rest of the local government area

“If you live in the northern part of the northern beaches, you can’t leave your area – you are still in lockdown,” she said

“You can’t accept anyone [from] outside of your community, and I apologize, but we have to maintain a lockdown on this area – with one exception

“On 24, 25 and 26 you are allowed to have five people in your house, but there must be people from this region

“If you know you have a neighbor and all of his relatives live outside this area, please consider being a good neighbor and maybe spending this time with them”

People in the southern region are allowed between the 24th and 26 December Bring 10 people into your home and an unlimited number of children under the age of 12 However, you are not allowed to leave the region yourself

“We don’t want people from the [southern part of] northern beaches mingling with other parts of Sydney at this point, but you can welcome people there,” Ms. Berejiklian said

“We’ll let people know on Boxing Day how the 27th December looks like “

for the southern part of the northern beaches

“A number of people on the northern beaches have been locked for a few days and have no contact with anyone,” said Ms. Berejiklian

“Please note that what we are suggesting is very modest and based on [and] what will be judged against the best of data that tells us”

She said the restrictions on the northern part of the area were “stricter” because they did not prevent anyone from the north from visiting other parts of the northern beaches

Greater Sydney residents are allowed to host an unlimited number of children under the age of 12 in their homes for the next three days, in addition to a maximum of 10 adults per household

The change in restrictions comes because NSW health officials recorded an additional eight cases – seven related to the Avalon cluster, which has now grown to 97 cases

“What I can confirm is that genome sequencing indicated that this person did not get their infection by transporting patients with COVID-19 infection on Jan. December has acquired

Dr Chant said she also received information shortly before the update that a Qantas employee who had returned from overseas and who was announced on Jan. Had flown from Darwin to Sydney December, had tested positive

“This person flew on a domestic flight, there were a number of precautions, but there will be a limited number of people on the flight,” she said

About 250000 residents of the northern beaches have been locked in their homes since Saturday evening and only left for approved reasons such as shopping, exercise and medical care

In Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Illawara-Shoalhaven, the one-person-per-4-square-meter rule was reintroduced, dancing was largely banned, and the number of household visitors was limited to 10 people

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