Fri. May 20th, 2022


There has been a lot of confusion about the travel rules that come into force on Monday, but the last line is: no one is allowed to travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW for either holidays or day trips. Greater Sydney will include both Wollongong and Shellharbour as well as metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. Kiama’s local government area remains classified as regional. Read more: Illawarra elderly care COVID outbreak grows On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole issued a statement saying that travel for recreation between Greater Sydney and regional areas would not be allowed until the state reached the fully vaccinated mark of 80 percent. The Public Health Ordinance has since been updated to reflect this, stating that a person cannot enter or leave Greater Sydney without a ‘reasonable excuse’. A reasonable excuse may include attending a funeral or providing goods and services that are not reasonably available in Greater Sydney (for Greater Sydney residents) or in regional NSW (for regional residents). As has been the case during the lockdown, there will also be exceptions for work, medical, nursing and compassionate reasons. From Monday, Greater Sydney residents will be allowed to travel within Greater Sydney, while regional residents can move around in regional NSW. This applies to persons who are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption (excluding children); those who have not been given two doses will have to stay within their local area of ​​government. Read more: Waterfront Windang units knocked down by government “We know people are passionate about getting out and exploring the best in the bush – and we look forward to welcoming fully vaccinated travelers, but that’s not something we should rush us on, “Toole said. “It is important that we continue to push up vaccination rates before that happens and ensure that we keep regional communities safe.” But until Friday, the travel rules were not entirely clear. Last week, former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro’s Office Mercury announced that Greater Sydney residents were not allowed to enter the regions, but regional residents could visit Greater Sydney. The public health order released last Sunday said ‘holidays’ would not be allowed between the two areas, and a spokesman for NSW Health confirmed to Merkur earlier this week that it meant no travel would be allowed. . However, following changes to the roadmap announced Thursday, it was reported that Mr Tile’s office had advised that day trips would be allowed. This was something other MPs, including Illawarra MPs Gareth Ward and Anna Watson, said they had also been told and they posted this information on social media. The news app Illawarra Mercury is now officially live on both iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play.


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