Unfortunately, a number of recent COVID-19 cases in NSW may mean changes to your ride.
If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra council areas, the new restrictions mean you cannot travel outside Greater Sydney other than for essential reasons from 4pm today. The NSW Government wants to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to regional areas of NSW.
Interstate rules and New Zealand measures may already have impacted your school holiday plans, as borders close and restrictions come into place. If your holiday plans included travelling from these affected areas to regional NSW, the NSW Government is asking you not to do so. However local rides are still allowed at this stage.
If your next ride includes public transport or an indoor stop for a snack, masks are required for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Illawarra, Wollongong and Shellharbour regions.
We encourage all riders to carry a mask with them when cycling in these areas, just in case they need to stop at any point of their ride. Even if you aren’t planning to stop, mechanical or medical events may occur and you’ll need to have a mask ready.
Possibly More Control Measures to Come
We know BUGs and Ride Leaders have had plenty of practice staying on top of COVID-19 measures. NSW Health has a map and listing of exposure sites here that can help.
Over the next few days measures are likely to change, and may include further travel restrictions or control measures. This time last year NSW Government communication was less clear, but now the rules are easier to understand and spelled out more clearly here.
“We hope there won’t be a need for further geographic riding restrictions, but we encourage everyone to use the NSW Health website to stay up to date,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Bicycle NSW members have done a great job upholding the COVID-19 control measures, and we appreciate all of your efforts,” said Bastien.