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Sydneysiders Are Once Again Required to Wear Face Masks in Indoor Settings

With COVID-19 cases rising across the state, masks will be required again in all indoor spaces except homes — and density limits are back for indoor hospitality venues.
By Sarah Ward
December 23, 2021
By Sarah Ward
December 23, 2021

If anyone wanted a big case of déjà vu for Christmas, it's arrived, with COVID-19 cases rising again across New South Wales. And, in response, the NSW Government has changed the state's mask rules to bring back mandatory face coverings indoors.

As announced today, Thursday, December 23, wearing masks in inside spaces will become compulsory again at 11.59pm tonight — so, effectively from Friday, December 24. Sydneysiders, that means covering up your smile is now part of your Christmas plans.

Face masks will be mandatory inside for all Sydneysiders, in all indoor settings other than homes.

Density limits are also back for hospitality — with the one person per two square metre ruled applicable from Monday, December 27 to Thursday, January 27.

No other restrictions are being introduced at present; however, Sydneysiders are being encouraged to work from home if they need to work over the festive season.

New South Wales reported 5715 new cases today on Thursday, December 23, with 347 people currently in hospital.

For those looking to get tested, you can find a list of testing sites including regularly updated waiting times also on the NSW Health website.

For more information about the status of COVID-19 and the current restrictions, head over to the NSW Health website.

Published on December 23, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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