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A harsh new range of Covid lockdown measures are now in effect with face masks mandatory outside the home in New South Wales and Sydney’s 12 LGAs of concern placed under a strict 9pm to 5am curfew.

The tough restrictions kicked in less than 24 hours after the state reported a record high of 830 new cases on Sunday, as well as three deaths.

Locked down Victoria also had a further 65 infections and the ACT was hit with 19.

But despite fears case numbers will continue to rise, Scott Morrison said that shouldn’t stop Australia from reopening when the nation reaches its 70 per cent vaccine target laid out by number-crunchers at the Doherty Institute.

In a revised report, the experts advised that lifting lockdowns with hundreds of daily cases at a 70 per cent vaccination rate wouldn’t make a drastic change to epidemiological modelling, and would simply mean the curve will peak sooner.

Scott Morrison (pictured) said Australia should ease restrictions when vaccination targets are reached - despite pushback from some state premiers still aiming for 'Covid-zero'

Scott Morrison (pictured) said Australia should ease restrictions when vaccination targets are reached - despite pushback from some state premiers still aiming for 'Covid-zero'

Scott Morrison (pictured) said Australia should ease restrictions when vaccination targets are reached – despite pushback from some state premiers still aiming for ‘Covid-zero’

Sydneysiders flocked to enjoy their last day of mask-less freedom on Sunday (pictured, Little Manly Beach) with tough new restrictions starting Monday

Sydneysiders flocked to enjoy their last day of mask-less freedom on Sunday (pictured, Little Manly Beach) with tough new restrictions starting Monday

Sydneysiders flocked to enjoy their last day of mask-less freedom on Sunday (pictured, Little Manly Beach) with tough new restrictions starting Monday

What are the new coronavirus restrictions? 

ACROSS NSW: 

– Wearing masks outside will be mandatory for everyone in NSW, unless they are exercising.

– Those who are exercising will still need to carry a mask with them at all times.

– People will need to put on a mask while exercising if they are in a busy area or cannot socially distance.

IN SYDNEY’S 12 LGA AREAS OF CONCERN:   

– Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am, except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care, to help reduce the movement of young people 

– Sydneysiders travelling into or out of the 12 LGAs of concern for work will also need to carry a permit 

– Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day 

– Click and collect only at garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building , landscaping material , rural supplies, and pet supplies. Tradies are allowed to shop in-store where relevant 

– All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC.  

– These LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith. 

POLICE GIVEN SPECIAL POWERS:   

– Power for the Commissioner of Police to lock down apartment blocks while NSW Health assesses the COVID risk 

– Power for the Commissioner of Police to declare a residential premise a COVID-risk and order all people to present to police during compliance checks 

– Powers to allow police to order anyone issued with an infringement notice to return home 

– If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found in an LGA of concern without reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days. 

ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS FOR AREAS OF CONCERN  

– Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by August 30. 

– Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site or they have had their first vaccination dose by August 30. 

– From August 28, authorised workers from LGAs of concern are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring they are authorised workers and can’t work from home. 

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The Prime Minister is desperate to get Australia’s economy up and running again with lockdowns costing the business sector billions in lost revenue every week, as well as the long-term impact on education and mental health.

Australia’s economic pain is likely to get even worse as the holidays approach with some of the nation’s biggest retailers warning online Christmas shoppers there’s ‘zero chances’ of presents arriving on time as global supply gains struggle with the pandemic.

The National Cabinet had agreed to implement the Doherty Institute roadmap, but now several state leaders are backing away from that commitment and insisting they will continue to implement lockdowns and interstate border closures if transmissions don’t start to subside.

Fierce debate has already erupted over the issue with the Prime Minister and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in favour of opening up while other states remain unconvinced. 

Western Australia’s Mark McGowan, Victoria’s Daniel Andrews and Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk are adamantly opposed to the federal government’s ‘learn to live with Covid’ stance and have pointed the finger at NSW for allowing the Delta strain to get out of control.

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly on Sunday confirmed that reopening does not depend on low case numbers and can go ahead even with spiralling infections. Pictured: Locals take a walk at Bondi Beach during lockdown

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly on Sunday confirmed that reopening does not depend on low case numbers and can go ahead even with spiralling infections. Pictured: Locals take a walk at Bondi Beach during lockdown

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly on Sunday confirmed that reopening does not depend on low case numbers and can go ahead even with spiralling infections. Pictured: Locals take a walk at Bondi Beach during lockdown

New South Wales registered the worst day of cases Australia has seen during the pandemic with 830 new coronavirus cases on Sunday - but there are now hopes that lockdown could ease once 70 per cent are vaccinated, even with relatively high new daily cases

New South Wales registered the worst day of cases Australia has seen during the pandemic with 830 new coronavirus cases on Sunday - but there are now hopes that lockdown could ease once 70 per cent are vaccinated, even with relatively high new daily cases

New South Wales registered the worst day of cases Australia has seen during the pandemic with 830 new coronavirus cases on Sunday – but there are now hopes that lockdown could ease once 70 per cent are vaccinated, even with relatively high new daily cases

Chief medical officer Paul Kelly on Sunday confirmed that reopening does not depend on very low case numbers and can go ahead even with new infections.

‘The only places in the world that have not seen any Covid at all … would be some of the Pacific Island countries and that’s because they’ve essentially been cut off from the rest of the world for the last 18 months,’ he said.

But some state leaders claim they’ve been blindsided and had agreed to implement the roadmap when cases in the community were low.

Queensland became the latest state to oppose easing restrictions at 70 or 80 per cent if case numbers are still high.

Shoppers wearing face masks in Sydney's Bankstown are pictured examining for fruit on Sunday - with the 12 LGA hotspots now enduring even tougher restrictions

Shoppers wearing face masks in Sydney's Bankstown are pictured examining for fruit on Sunday - with the 12 LGA hotspots now enduring even tougher restrictions

Shoppers wearing face masks in Sydney’s Bankstown are pictured examining for fruit on Sunday – with the 12 LGA hotspots now enduring even tougher restrictions

The Federal Government says they want Premiers to be more flexible on interstate border closures after vaccination targets are reached. Pictured Bondi Beach on Sunday

The Federal Government says they want Premiers to be more flexible on interstate border closures after vaccination targets are reached. Pictured Bondi Beach on Sunday

The Federal Government says they want Premiers to be more flexible on interstate border closures after vaccination targets are reached. Pictured Bondi Beach on Sunday

‘We’re signed up and committed to the plan that the National Cabinet endorsed, but that was a plan that was endorsed before the NSW outbreak,’ the state’s deputy premier Steven Miles said.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fired a warning shot on Sunday outlining that states which remain shut to the rest of Australia will also be cut off from federal government financial assistance.

‘I have taken many a call from state and territory treasurers wanting commonwealth economic assistance as they endured lockdowns … every time we have been forthcoming providing income support,’ Mr Frydenberg said.

‘But our emergency economic support is not indefinite and nor should lockdowns be. This is why all governments must stick to the plan agreed at the National Cabinet.’

A furious Mr McGowan, who has vowed to keep his border closed until at least Christmas regardless of case numbers, claimed the needs of the rest of the nation are being overlooked.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fired a warning shot on Sunday outlining that states which remain shut to the rests of Australia will also be shut off from federal government financial assistance. Pictured: A shop in Sydney's Bankstown is captured during lockdown

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fired a warning shot on Sunday outlining that states which remain shut to the rests of Australia will also be shut off from federal government financial assistance. Pictured: A shop in Sydney's Bankstown is captured during lockdown

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg fired a warning shot on Sunday outlining that states which remain shut to the rests of Australia will also be shut off from federal government financial assistance. Pictured: A shop in Sydney’s Bankstown is captured during lockdown

‘There’s an Australia outside of NSW and we’re all doing our best to keep the virus out, and we’re following the national plan… Victoria is doing everything it can to crush and kill the virus, the ACT is doing everything it can to crush and kill the virus,’ he said.

There are expected to be fireworks when National Cabinet meets to discuss the divisive issue later this week.

Whatever the outcome, Australia is not expected to reach its vaccination target of 70 per cent until at October with 80 per cent coverage not anticipated until November.

Director of Epidemiology at the Doherty Institute Professor McVernon warned that even if some restrictions do ease for long-suffering Victorians and NSW residents there won’t be a so-called ‘freedom day’, insisting the exit from lockdown would need to come gradually.

‘We were set up for a situation where caseloads would be small, that any outbreak would be ­managed; obviously, we were not envisaging shifting from Phase A to Phase B from a situation of lockdown, which is where we are now,’ she told Sky News.

Australia is not expected to reach its vaccination target of 70 per cent until at October with 80 per cent coverage not anticipated until November. Pictured: Empty streets in Sydney on Sunday

Australia is not expected to reach its vaccination target of 70 per cent until at October with 80 per cent coverage not anticipated until November. Pictured: Empty streets in Sydney on Sunday

Australia is not expected to reach its vaccination target of 70 per cent until at October with 80 per cent coverage not anticipated until November. Pictured: Empty streets in Sydney on Sunday

Pictured: Traffic along the Hume Hwy, Bass Hill towards Bankstown is light as people stay at home due to lockdown - with hotspot LGAs now living under curfew

Pictured: Traffic along the Hume Hwy, Bass Hill towards Bankstown is light as people stay at home due to lockdown - with hotspot LGAs now living under curfew

Pictured: Traffic along the Hume Hwy, Bass Hill towards Bankstown is light as people stay at home due to lockdown – with hotspot LGAs now living under curfew

Pictured: Almost every store in the main street of Sydney's Auburn is shut due to lockdown as business owners worry for their future

Pictured: Almost every store in the main street of Sydney's Auburn is shut due to lockdown as business owners worry for their future

Pictured: Almost every store in the main street of Sydney’s Auburn is shut due to lockdown as business owners worry for their future

For millions across lockdown-weary states, any easing of restrictions will likely be welcomed when the time comes.

Wearing masks outside is now mandatory for everyone in NSW as of 12.01 am on Monday, except when exercising.

Even then, locals are still required to carry a mask on them at all times, and there was confusion over what counted as exercise.

It comes as Sydneysiders within 5km of parks and beaches flocked to enjoy their last day of mask-less freedom on Sunday, with those in the 12 LGAs of concern already living under tighter rules – which are now even tougher. 

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys at Sunday’s Covid briefing clarified walking was good enough exercise to justify leaving your mask off.

However, he strongly advised that masks be put back on when social distancing could not be maintained, such as on a busy street or walking track.

Wearing a mask would be mandatory if they stop exercising to engage in another activity, such as picking up a coffee or other goods from a shop.

A Sydneysider from Bankstown is taking no chances with the Delta variant, sporting a face mask, face shield and gloves (pictured on Sunday)

A Sydneysider from Bankstown is taking no chances with the Delta variant, sporting a face mask, face shield and gloves (pictured on Sunday)

A Sydneysider from Bankstown is taking no chances with the Delta variant, sporting a face mask, face shield and gloves (pictured on Sunday)

Pictured: Signage at a closed business at Campsie in Sydney as businesses buckle under the gruelling lockdown

Pictured: Signage at a closed business at Campsie in Sydney as businesses buckle under the gruelling lockdown

Pictured: Signage at a closed business at Campsie in Sydney as businesses buckle under the gruelling lockdown

‘In terms of exercising, people do not have to wear a mask but where you are exercising in a place where there are crowds of people or where you think you will end up in a situation where people will be close by,’ he said on Sunday.

‘You have to carry it so if you feel that your safety, if you feel that people are too close, why not put that mask on?’ 

‘It is just common sense that you would put that mask on. I don’t really think it is that hard and I certainly don’t think it is confusing.’

Those over 18 who do not wear or carry a face mask can be slapped with a $500 on-the-spot fine, with $80 and $40 penalties in place for younger age groups. 

Anyone with an exemption must either carry a medical certificate issued by a doctor, or a statutory declaration.  

A Sydneysider goes about her day in Auburn as new lockdown rules kick in on Monday

A Sydneysider goes about her day in Auburn as new lockdown rules kick in on Monday

A Sydneysider goes about her day in Auburn as new lockdown rules kick in on Monday

These lockdown settings will remain in place in regional NSW until at least August 28 and in Sydney until at least September 30.

Aside from stricter mask regulations, police will be ramping up enforcement of restrictions across the worst hit areas in Sydney’s west and southwest.

Permits will be required for those travelling in and out of the 12 LGAs of concern for work, and residents will be banned from leaving home between 9pm and 5am, unless an authorised worker. 

Those LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.

Residents of those areas will also only be permitted to exercise for one hour a day. 

NSW Mounted Police officers patrol the esplanade at Manly Beach in Sydney on Sunday as increased police presence looks to curb mass movement of locals

NSW Mounted Police officers patrol the esplanade at Manly Beach in Sydney on Sunday as increased police presence looks to curb mass movement of locals

NSW Mounted Police officers patrol the esplanade at Manly Beach in Sydney on Sunday as increased police presence looks to curb mass movement of locals

The new rules come as more than 200 young children aged nine and under were diagnosed with Covid over the weekend, with officials fearing schools and childcare centres could become a hotbed for the virus.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Saturday she’d noticed a ‘change in attitude’ from her interstate counterparts and an acceptance ‘Delta is here’.

The premier implored people to ‘be real about it’ and know that vaccinations were keeping them and their loved ones out of hospital.  

Her words were backed up by the Prime Minister who desperately wants the nation to throw open its doors.  

‘You can’t live with lockdowns forever, and at some point you need to make that gear change. And that is done at 70 per cent because that’s where, we’re advised from the medical science, that you can make that gear change,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘Once you do that, then you can move into focusing on the public health issues of hospitalisation and serious illness. Case numbers are not the whole story.’ 

Mr Morrison’s bid to kickstart the economy comes as Super Retail Group chief executive Anthony Heraghty, who controls chains like Supercheap Auto, Rebel and BCF, warned shoppers to start their Christmas shopping now.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Saturday she'd noticed a 'change in attitude' from her interstate counterparts and an acceptance 'Delta is here'. Pictured: Bondi Beach in Sydney

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Saturday she'd noticed a 'change in attitude' from her interstate counterparts and an acceptance 'Delta is here'. Pictured: Bondi Beach in Sydney

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Saturday she’d noticed a ‘change in attitude’ from her interstate counterparts and an acceptance ‘Delta is here’. Pictured: Bondi Beach in Sydney

Global supply chains are in chaos with the shipping industry seeing massive delays in and out of ports. 

Everything from home and leisure goods, consumer electronics and more, are likely to be affected by the ‘perfect storm’ of disruption.

‘Even if you are buying it eight to twelve months out, the chances of it arriving on time is zero,’ he told The Age.

‘If it’s not in the shed or on the shelf today, for Christmas this year I think the chances of it being [in stock] come that peak time is incredibly remote.’ 

Rising demand for goods stemming from government stimulus payments and the redirection of travel money, along with freighter scarcity and coronavirus shutdowns at various international port hubs are being blamed for the issue.   

Mr Heraghty said the problem is so bad that delays are expected to last well into 2023.

Latest NSW Coronavirus exposure sites on Sunday 

Anyone who visited the following venues at the listed times is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. 

Ermington Ermington Butcher 2 Betty Cuthbert Avenue. Thursday 19 August 2021 7am to 4pm 

Telopea The Valley Pharmacy 4 Benaud Place. Thursday 19 August 2021 All day. Wednesday 18 August 2021 All day. Tuesday 17 August 2021. All day. Monday 16 August 2021 All day.  

Wellington Woolworths Wellington 81 Arthur Street. Thursday 19 August 2021 2:15pm to 2:45pm. Tuesday 17 August 2021 3:50pm to 4:20pm

Anyone who visited the following venues at the listed times is considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self isolate until a negative result is received.  

Boolaroo Costco petrol station and membership office 1 Cressy Road. Friday 20 August 2021 All day. Thursday 19 August 2021 All day. Wednesday 18 August 2021 All day. Tuesday 17 August 2021 All day. Monday 16 August 2021 All day 

Cardiff Woolworths Cardiff Cardiff Shopping Centre, Macquarie Road. Tuesday 17 August 2021 5pm to 5:30pm. Saturday 7 August 2021 1:17pm to 1:45pm. Tuesday 3 August 2021 7am to 10:45am. Monday 2 August 2021 1pm to 6pm 

Dubbo Woolworths Riverdale 49/65 Macquarie Street. Friday 20 August 2021 12:30pm to 12:40pm 

Edmonson Park McDonald’s Edmonson Park 1952-1985 Camden Valley Way. Thursday 19 August 2021 6am to 2pm. Friday 20 August 2021 8:55am to 11:30am 

Glendale Coles Glendale Lake Road and Stockland Drive. Wednesday 18 August 2021 8am to 8:20am 

Glendale Woolworths Glendale 387 Lake Road. Thursday 19 August 2021 10am to 10:15am. Monday 9 August 2021 5:25pm to 5:35pm 

Lithgow ALDI Lithgow 2 Valley Drive. Wednesday 18 August 2021 12:30pm to 1pm 

Lithgow Coles Lithgow Corner of Lithgow Street and Bent Street. Thursday 19 August 2021 11:40am to 12:30pm. Tuesday 17 August 2021 1:20pm to 1:45pm 

Mudgee Aldi Mudgee 97-99 Church Street. Sunday 15 August 2021 6pm to 6:30pm 

Narellan Crust Pizza Narellan 1/4 George Hunter Drive. Tuesday 17 August 2021 5:30pm to 9:30pm 

Orange 7 Eleven Orange 90 Bathurst Road. Wednesday 11 August 2021 8:30am to 8:40am 

Orange Bunnings Orange Corner Northern Distributor and Leeds Parade. Monday 16 August 2021 8:05am to 8:20am 

Orange Woolworths Orange 197-203 Anson Street. Saturday 14 August 2021 3:40pm to 4:35pm. Thursday 12 August 2021 4:30pm to 4:50pm. Wednesday 11 August 2021 4pm to 4:15pm 

Pyrmont Sydney Fish Markets Corner of Pyrmont Bridge Road and Bank Street. Wednesday 18 August 2021 12am to 3am. Tuesday 17 August 2021 5:15pm to 12am. Monday 16 August 2021 12am to 3am. Sunday 15 August 2021 5pm to 12am 

West Dubbo IGA West Dubbo Victoria Street. Friday 20 August 2021 11am to 11:20am. Monday 16 August 2021 10:30am to 10:45am. Wednesday 11 August 2021 11am to 11:30am

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