Sydney COVID-19 restrictions return

Masks will become mandatory and household limits enforced as the wife of an eastern Sydney man with COVID-19 also tests positive.

Sydney COVID-19 restrictions return

New COVID-19 restrictions will be put into place in Greater Sydney from today after NSW recorded another local coronavirus case, as authorities race to trace her movements.

The wife of the man who was revealed to have the virus yesterday has returned a positive test.

As a result, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced a range of new restrictions enforceable from 5pm.




The restrictions will remain in place for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are aimed at reducing any possible community transmission.

The eastern suburbs man, aged in his 50s, was revealed to have the virus yesterday. But authorities were unable to determine where he had contracted it.

Today, genomic sequencing of the COVID-19 strain he acquired has been completed, with health authorities finding a match to an overseas case.


The returned traveller came back from the United States on April 26 and entered hotel quarantine at the Park Royal in Darling Harbour, before testing positive to COVID-19 on his day one test, when he was moved to Sydney Health Accommodation on April 28.

"We are currently reviewing CCTV footage to look at how the transmission got from this individual to our case," Dr Chant said.

"What we're concerned about is that there is a missing link, because there is no direct contact that we've been able to establish yet."

New restrictions in place

No more than 20 people will be allowed in people's homes.

There will be no singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues. Weddings will be given an exception with health advice to limit patrons on the dancefloor to 20.

Mask-wearing will be compulsory at all public indoor places for the next three days.

The NSW Premier is urging Sydneysiders in particular to be cautious over the next few days, as it remained likely that unidentified cases were wandering around the city.

She urged everyone to follow the mask rules and, if going to a bar, to sit down while drinking.

"Enjoy Mother's Day – do what you would normally do," Ms Berejiklian said.

"We're actually saying to businesses, keep your doors open, just make sure you have a COVID safe plan."

She said she expected to be criticised by other state premiers for not going hard enough, but urged that it remained "business as usual" for businesses.

"Our decision is based on advice – it's proportionate," she said.

"If this was Queensland or WA or anywhere else, they would have shut down the whole city, they would have shut down businesses."

NSW's snap restrictions explained

The following measures will be effective from midday today(enforceable from 5pm) until 12.01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children;
  • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking);
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time; and
  • Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.

Additional restrictions for NSW Aged Care Facilities

Additional restrictions have been implemented for aged care facilities in the Greater Sydney region including Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.

Going forward, a maximum of two visitors will be permitted per resident, per day.

All visitors and team members must wear a mask while inside the premises.

People who have been a close contact of the identified case or been at the casual contact locations will not be allowed to enter.

'We know for sure' someone with COVID has been moving around Sydney

Ms Berejiklian has defended today's new restrictions as "reasonable" and "proportionate", saying that we know "for sure" that someone infectious with COVID-19 has been moving around in the community.

"At least one person with the virus has been going around their business and we haven't found them yet," she said.

"We don't know where they've been. We don't know if they've been to major events. We don't know who they've sat next to."

She said that today's measures, particularly around the use of masks, would help protect the community against becoming infected by those people, without unnecessarily impacting on businesses.

She said that the Blue Mountains and Wollongong had been included in the restrictions as many Sydneysiders commute there.

"Last time we were told, why were we including the Illawarra, and then the next day there was a handful of cases in the Illawarra," Ms Berejiklian said.

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Jarryd Hayne jailed for 2018 sexual assault

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to at least three years and eight months in jail for the sexual assault of a woman near Newscastle in 2018.

Jarryd Hayne jailed for 2018 sexual assault

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been sentenced to at least three years and eight months jail for sexually assaulting a woman near Newcastle in 2018.

In sentencing, Judge Helen Syme said: "I do not accept that he was not aware that she was attempting to push him away and trying to physically resist him... it was very clear she said no several times".

"I have found the offender was fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway. His decision to do so increases the objective seriousness," she said.

The maximum time served will be five years and nine months.


Earlier, he took what could have been his final steps as a free man as he was swarmed by supporters when he arrived at his sentence hearing.

Family and friends formed a wall around Hayne and his new wife Amellia, shielding them with umbrellas outside Newcastle District Court.

Inside court, his victim bravely spoke about the devastating impact the crime has had on her life.

"I have spent countless hours crying, the feeling of violation and feeling dirty doesn't go away. I have nightmares and flashbacks of his face looking right through me," the now 28-year-old said.

"Sometimes I can't get out of bed." Hayne goes into Newcastle Local Court for his sentencing hearing.

The woman, who can't be named, described feelings of anger, frustration, and wanting to die.

"What I experienced was horrible, nobody should ever have to feel that way. I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing," she told the court.

"I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing."

"Your body remembers and your mind doesn't forget. I survived this and I have protected a tiny spark of my life."

Hayne was found guilty in March of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent after meeting up with the woman on league grand final night in September 2018.

He kept a taxi waiting while he went inside the woman's home and assaulted her, before travelling back to Sydney.

A judge has already warned jail time is inevitable.

Hayne has always maintained the sex was consensual and has already flagged an appeal.

Jarryd Hayne is being sentenced today for sexually assaulting a woman.

Hayne, 33, was a superstar in the NRL, playing for Parramatta Eels and briefly for the Gold Coast Titans.

He then made a failed attempt to switch to professional American football, then very briefly in rugby union sevens.

Hayne told the court this morning that he was due to sign a contract with St George Illawarra Dragons on the day he was charged with sexual assault.

"Because the media were involved, the frenzy that it went in with the charges, I didn't hear from them after that," he said.

His former Parramatta teammate Tim Mannah addressed the court to give a reference for his best friend.

Mannah said he noticed a change in Hayne's behaviour after he attended a Bible college in Perth.

He said you can't have a five-minute conversation with Hayne "without him talking about something from the Bible".

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.

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