On Saturday the 26th of June the NSW Government extended measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
Lockdown Areas Extended
From 6pm today lockdown begins for Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong, and will continue till 11:59pm Friday the 9th of July.
People in these areas can only leave home for the following four reasons:
- Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
- Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-19 vaccine)
- Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
- Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
These enhanced measures include the cancellation of community sport. For Bicycle NSW Members and riders in the impacted areas, you can still exercise in groups of 10 but in line with yesterday’s advice, please bring a mask and ensure you stay COVID-safe.
“Not only do we appreciate your efforts, but government and health staff have expressed their appreciation for your support to control the pandemic,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
Rural and Regional Areas
To help control the spread across all of NSW, there are restrictions in place for regional and rural areas as well. Masks are mandatory in an indoor area of a non-residential premises in NSW i.e shops, gyms, hair dressers, entertainment facilities. You can find the full list of venues here.
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 can continue to cycle in groups however if they are outside Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour 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.
NSW Health has provided clear guidelines here for the current restrictions that are in place.