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Residents in NSW face tough new travel restrictions, as authorities struggle to contain the spread of the highly-infectious Delta variant.
Lockdown measures have been extended across the entire state following another record day of Covid-19 cases, with daily infections surging to 466 on Saturday.
It’s the first time daily case numbers have surpassed 400 in NSW since the pandemic began, prompting Premier Gladys Berejiklian to restrict the movements of Sydney residents further with a new travel limit of 5km. The previous limit for most of Sydney was 10km.
It will come into effect from 12.01am on Monday and applies to exercise, singles bubble visits and shopping, unless goods or services are not readily available in that area.
Previously a 5km limit was just for residents in Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River limited to the radius when they left their homes.
Thankfully, there’s a handy online tool to check how far you’re allowed to travel under the new restrictions.
The website allows you to simply type in your address which then confirms your 5km radius.
New rules and increased fines
The police presence will also be ramped up and fines increased as part of Operation Stay At Home.
Anyone breaching quarantine or lying to contact tracers can now face a fine of $5000.
People will need a permit to enter regional NSW and lying to acquire one will be fined $5000.
Unlawfully entering regional NSW will result in a $3000.
Breaching the two-person exercise rule will bring a fine of $3000.
Officers have checked on more than 2700 people and have issued 407 infringement notices to people breaking the rules.
"We are still seeing people who are willingly or recklessly not abiding by the current health orders." Police Deputy Commissioner Michael Willing said on Saturday.
An additional 500 ADF personnel will also be deployed on top of 300 already in NSW.
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