The NSW Government announced this morning that COVID-19 restrictions across NSW will be extended by another 4 weeks, until Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Stay at home orders have been extended for Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. In essence, if you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.
Reasons To Leave Your Home
There are only 4 reasons people may leave their home:
- Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping). People must now grocery shop only within their Local Government Area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA, within 10kms from home. No browsing is permitted.
- Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
- Exercise with no more with more than 1 other person so 2 people in total (unless members of the same household). When exercising people must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home.
- Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
Additionally, given localised case numbers, the Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland LGAs are subject to an Authorised Workers Order.
From this Saturday, 31 July, a singles bubble will also be introduced, allowing people who live alone to nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. Restrictions will apply for people in the LGAs of concern.
Information For Bike Riders
For bike riders living in these areas it means they must ride in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise, and they can’t exercise with more than 1 other person (unless members of the same household). We've explained more here.
Riders do not need to wear a mask when riding but are required to carry one with them and wear it in indoor settings. You can find the full list of where masks are required here.
In Greater Sydney when outside your home you must also carry proof of your address and show this to the NSW Police if asked.
Click here to read more about the current restrictions.
Restrictions in Rural and Regional
Outside the Greater Sydney area, the restrictions will remain the same.
Information For Bike Riders
Masks are mandatory inside non-residential premises in NSW i.e shops, gyms, hairdressers, entertainment facilities. You can find the full list of venues here.
While masks do not need to be worn when riding, 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.
There are further limitations on group gatherings which can be viewed on the NSW Health website here. Bike riders outside Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour can continue to cycle in groups, however they cannot enter these areas without a reasonable excuse.
We encourage all groups to maintain social distancing and to be diligent in following the COVID-19 safe principles.
Here is the list of restrictions for regional and rural NSW.