Sydneysiders face a nervous wait to learn if a coronavirus outbreak on the city’s northern beaches has spread across the region, as every state and territory moved to block them from entering.
Sydney’s northern beaches remains the centre of the cluster, but NSW Health’s new list of cases on Sunday morning showed the virus had spread further in the city.
Outside the outbreak epicentre, there are warnings for locations in Artarmon, Bondi Junction, Cronulla, Double Bay, Darling Point, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Homebush, Kirribilli, Lane Cove, Newtown, Peakhurst, Penrith, St Peters, Riverstone, Rosebury, Surry Hills, Terry Hills, Turramurra and Woolloomooloo.
Outside Sydney, Forster and Raymond Terrace are also on the warning list.
The state reported another 30 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday with 28 linked to the cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches.
The total number of known coronavirus cases in NSW suspected to be linked to the cluster has now risen to 70, though Premier Gladys Berejiklian remained hopeful the outbreak could be contained.
“The one positive is we still have not seen evidence of massive seeding outside the northern beaches community and our aim, of course, is to keep that in place,” Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday.
The government has imposed a number of restrictions on the Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven, which will remain in place until 11.59pm Wednesday.
No more than 10 people are allowed at household gatherings and patrons will need to maintain a four-square metre distancing at venues.
Up to 300 people will be permitted at places of worship and hospitality venues, while singing and chanting at indoor venues is banned, and dance floors will only be allowed at weddings.
People are also being urged to wear masks until Wednesday and to avoid visiting any vulnerable friends, relatives or aged-care facilities until Christmas Eve.
“Everyone in Greater Sydney should be wearing masks when shopping, on public transport or when out in the general community to help protect themselves, retail workers and our broader community,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said in a statement.
The restrictions come as every other state and territory over the weekend rushed to bar travellers from greater Sydney and the Central Coast from entry.
Some also blacklisted visitors from Wollongong or the entire Illawarra/Shoalhaven.
Northern beaches residents remain under stay-at-home orders last imposed back in March at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.
People are permitted to leave their homes for five basic reasons: to seek medical care, exercise, grocery shop, work or for compassionate care reasons.