While Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australia yesterday during a press conference that we wouldn’t be placed into a complete lockdown, the City Of Sydney has faced further closures and restrictions.
The City of Sydney council has announced that they will be cancelling or postponing all non-essential events and in-person meetings as well as closing off some facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Facilities like gyms and aquatic centres will be closed while restricted hours are being placed on libraries and community centres in a bid to encourage people to practice social distancing.
Speaking in a statement to news.com.au, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that these changes were not made lightly but were necessary for the safety of those living in Sydney.
“The safety of our communities, customers and staff is our top priority,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in the statement.
“Over the past two months, the City has been working closely with NSW Health to ensure we respond urgently and effectively to the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s crucial that we all follow the current health advice – practising social distancing and when recommended, self-isolation.”
“The situation is changing daily and we are constantly reviewing our operations and services,” she added.
This comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced that there would be added restrictions for non-essential gatherings.
While non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people have already been banned, he added that non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people would also be banned.
As a result, the City of Sydney council has cancelled or postponed all events of that size run by the council.