Most Australian state capitals are currently under lockdown in order to contain fresh outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus first detected in India in February that has now gone global.
All mosques in greater Sydney are closed and Friday congregational prayers suspended today and next Friday 9 July while the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
NSW has recorded more than 150 cases since 16 June leading to Greater Sydney’s lockdown for at least 2 weeks till midnight on Friday 9 July.
Greater Sydney lockdown orders
From 6pm on Saturday 26 June 2021, if you have been in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour for any reason since Monday 21 June 2021, you must follow the stay at home rules and must continue to follow them until 11:59pm on Friday 9 July.
If you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney you must also follow the stay at home rules, unless you have not been in Greater Sydney for the last 14 days.
Reasonable excuse to leave home
A reasonable excuse is if you need to
- obtain food or other goods and services
- for the personal needs of the household or for other household purposes (including pets)
- for vulnerable people
- if the food or goods and services are not available in the local government area that you live in
- travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home
- exercise and take outdoor recreation in Greater Sydney
- go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
- donate blood
- access childcare
- continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children
- attend a funeral
- provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
- access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
- move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence
- undertake legal obligations
- avoid injury or illness or to escape the risk of harm
- in case of emergencies
- for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not necessarily live together
- to provide pastoral care if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order.
Taking a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.