NSW records no new Covid cases, but mystery and restrictions remain

·News Reporter
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There have been no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus in NSW after a man and his wife contracted the virus from an unknown source earlier this week. 

NSW Health revealed the positive news Saturday morning, but officials are still no closer to identifying where the man, from Sydney's east, contracted the infection. 

The man returned a positive result on Wednesday and was the first locally acquired case in NSW in almost a month.

Six new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,338.

Sydney residents are required to wear face masks until midnight Sunday due to the new infections. Source: AAP
Sydney residents are required to wear face masks until midnight Sunday due to the new infections. Source: AAP

Restrictions were re-introduced following the new cases, requiring Sydneysiders to wear masks in a series of indoor settings.

The restrictions – which extend to the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and the Illawarra – will remain in place until at least the end of the weekend.

They include compulsory masks on public transport and a 20-person cap on indoor gatherings.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian doesn't want the curbs to suppress the spirits of residents in Sydney, encouraging residents to keep their Mother's Day bookings for Sunday and continue supporting local businesses. 

Liquor and Gaming NSW is urging businesses to do the right thing over the weekend too.

Compliance officers will be out in force across the state, checking venues are COVID-safe.

Masks are compulsory on public transport and users can be fined for not wearing one. Source: AAP
Masks are compulsory on public transport and users can be fined for not wearing one. Source: AAP

Businesses can be fined up to $5000 and forced to shut their doors for defying Covid rules, including the requirement all patrons check in.

"Now is not the time to get complacent, the Covid safety requirements are in place for a reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant," director of compliance Dimitri Argeres said.

Officers will also be checking those participating in the NSW Government's Dine and Discover voucher program are complying with its rules.

"This includes not artificially inflating prices or allowing customers to use the vouchers to buy restricted products," Mr Argeres said.

With AAP

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