Greater Sydney residents will need a permit to leave the region, under a swathe of new rules to tighten the state’s lockdown laws.

Greater Sydney residents will need a permit to leave the region, under a swathe of new rules to tighten the state’s lockdown laws.
Key points:

  • Under new rules, people from Greater Sydney can’t travel to their holiday home
  • Anyone who needs to isolate while awaiting COVID test results will receive a $320 payment
  • Some people in singles bubbles will need to register the name of their buddy

The new rules were agreed upon during a crisis meeting of the NSW Cabinet this afternoon, and also include a restriction on people using their holiday homes.
Under that rule, people from Greater Sydney are not allowed to travel to their second homes, except under special circumstances, such as maintenance, and only one person will be able to attend.
From Monday, anyone who needs to isolate while awaiting COVID-19 test results will receive a special $320 payment.
The Victorian government introduced a similar $450 payment during its second-wave lockdown last year to discourage people from working while waiting on test results.
Tightened restrictions now also apply to people in Greater Sydney’s 12 local government areas of concern (Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and parts of Penrith).
People in those areas who are taking part in a singles bubble will need to register the name of their single buddy.
The nominated pair must also live within five kilometres of each other.
Residents in those areas are only allowed to leave their LGA for essential work. 
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Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey said the introduction of a test-and-isolate payment for workers was a “welcome, if overdue” decision by the government.
“While the $320 payment is less generous and more limited than the Victorian policy, it is nonetheless progress,” Mr Morey said.
“The link between economic security and health outcomes is crystal clear. When workers face a financial penalty to test or get vaccinated, it gives the virus more chance to spread.
“No worker should have to chose between putting food on the table or getting tested for COVID.”
He repeated calls for vaccination leave for all Australian workers.
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NSW recorded 390 new COVID-19 cases today the highest daily number since the pandemic began.
Cases have cropped up in regional areas, prompting tighter lockdowns in the Hunter and New England regions, the North Coast, and in western NSW.
Other states continue to express concerns over cases of the highly infectious Delta variant leaking across borders.
The outbreak has placed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian under increasing pressure to implement a “ring of steel” around Sydney.
Last week she rejected calls to ring-fence the Harbour City, telling reporters the virus would still manage to find a way out.
“Unless you have literally a police officer outside every single household a ring of steel does not prevent Delta from seeping out,” she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison today stopped short of supporting a ring of steel around Sydney but said the lockdown would only be effective if people complied.
“The lockdown is important, the lockdown is lifted when the lockdown works, and that is why it is so important to people, right across Sydney, to be complying with that lockdown,” he said.
“You know, we saw the cases, up in northern New South Wales, where someone just doesn’t comply. Look at the damage that causes.
“We’ve got to do the right thing by each other. We’ve got to do the right thing by our neighbours, our communities, our city, our country.
“You can do that by following the rules, staying at home, getting vaccinated and getting tested.”
NSW has administered 4.8 million vaccine doses, almost 30,000 of them in the 24 hours to 8:00pm Thursday.
Ms Berejiklian said the state was on track to deliver 6 million jabs in arms by August 28.
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