Australia Regional NSW told to expect tighter COVID-19 restrictions if communities aren't vigilant
Victoria to close border with NSW, the ACT
Victoria is closing its border to non-residents from NSW and the ACT over Sydney's worsening outbreak but its "border bubble" arrangement remains unchanged.The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared NSW and the ACT will become red zones under Victoria's travel permit system from 11.59pm on Sunday.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro has warned regional communities to "stay vigilant" or face tighter restrictions in an effort to keep the highly-infectious Delta strain out.
— the third-highest number of new infections since the Delta outbreak began last month.
With the COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Sydney yet show any signs of improving, Mr Barilaro said those in the regions should be alert to anyone illegally visiting from locked-down areas.
"We will have to put in place further restrictions if there are breaches," he said.
Goulburn case raises threat of new restrictions in regional NSW
An essential worker infected with coronavirus who travelled almost 200km from Sydney to a building site in Goulburn in regional NSW could trigger tighter restrictions in the town and surrounding area.
"At this stage we [the regions] have a level of freedom that we don't have in Sydney and we would like to keep that but that's going to take an effort from both Sydney and an effort from the regions."
The warning comes after three removalists from Sydney, who allegedly knew they all had COVID-19,
"To the communities of regional and rural NSW, my plea is to stay vigilant," Mr Barilaro said
"We are still seeing a significant level of movement from Sydney … predominately around freight … this brings a level of risk.
"We've had a couple of near misses … let's get on top of these issues and make sure it's clear the message to Sydney is to not come to the regions."
Mr Barilaro described the actions of the Sydney removalists as "careless, reckless and deliberate" and said they had the potential to "swamp" the entire health system in the Central West.
Push for regional media funding in Qld
A "journalism rescue plan" to secure government support for regional news providers has been launched by Katter's Australian Party.KAP Leader Robbie Katter said the plan aims to secure state and federal government support for regional journalists, photographers and camera operators affected by the industry's volatility in Queensland.
The three men, aged in their 20s, have been charged and face a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment.
Earlier today chief health officer Kerry Chant revealed an infected truck driver delivered pet food to a depot in Parkes and Blaney on July 14, 15 and 16.
Mr Barilaro said there was still too much movement between the city and the regions and restrictions might have to be tightened in regional areas if locals did not adhere to the rules around mask wearing and travel.
"Understand that the restrictions put in place in the regions are for protecting you … we've been lucky," he said.
On Friday, a 33-year-old woman from the Port Stephens area was fined for travelling to the Sydney local government area (LGA) of Ryde to help a friend move house.
Police were called to a restaurant in Salamander Bay where the woman was working.
She had stayed in Sydney for one night before returning and was fined $1,000.
Restrictions tightened in NSW as 111 new local COVID-19 cases recorded
Almost 30 people active in the community for their entire infectious period and more than 82,000 tests conducted.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian described test numbers as "an outstanding result", however she said that the number of infections in the community is of great concern."We've prevented thousands and thousands of people being exposed to the virus and been infected, but what we haven't managed to do is really budge that stubborn number every day for the last few days where we need to quash this virus," Ms Berejiklian said."It is not good enough for us to tread water which is what we're doing now.
People from regional and rural areas must not enter Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas unless they have one of three.
In line with, NSW Police today announced an even harder, highly-visible crackdown to target those flouting the health orders.
"Stop thinking about how you can game the system," Police Minister David Elliott said
"Stop thinking and planning about how you can get away with breaking the rules, start thinking about how quickly we can get out of lockdown."
Mr Elliott said the "dope of the day award" went to seven people in West Guilford who said they met to play soccer, but didn't have a soccer ball with them.
They were among the 240 people in the past 24 hours who were slapped with infringement notices for breaching health orders.
Police yesterday charged a man after he allegedly became aggressive towards police and assaulted a female officer after being questioned about not wearing a mask while in a CBD Woolworths store. He was charged with not wear fitted face covering, intimidation, stealing, assault police and resist arrest.
Under the new orders, there is now a requirement for people to provide their name and address when requested by a police officer and always carry a face mask when outdoors.
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