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By Rachel Clun, Alexandra Smith and Matt Bungard

Updated July 29, 2020 — 9.53pmfirst published at 7.16pm

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More school closures announced as NSW Premier says social …

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the use of face masks by hospitality workers is appropriate and warned the only alternative to social distancing is a lockdown, as COVID-19 cases linked to Sydney restaurants and pubs continue to increase.

NSW reported 19 new cases on Wednesday, with most linked to existing clusters, and while there has been no major spike in infections, Queensland announced it will shut its border to residents of Greater Sydney because of outbreaks across the city.

More school closures announced as NSW Premier says social …

Staff don protective equipment at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at Rushcutters Bay.Credit:Brook Mitchell

Victoria recorded 295 cases on Wednesday, with a further nine deaths taking the national toll to 176.

Ms Berejiklian said NSW remained in a critical period given recent community transmissions and it was better to “go hard” now than deal with a worse situation in a few weeks. She said the 1.5-metre social distancing had to be “part of our lives for the duration of the pandemic”.

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“Yes, it’s hard, yes we’re all stressed, yes we’re all having to make changes, but consider the alternative — the alternative is a lockdown,” she said.

Queensland recorded two new cases on Wednesday morning, in women who returned to the state from Melbourne via Sydney and were active in the community for eight days before their diagnosis. A third case was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

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In light of those cases, and the growing Sydney clusters, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed Greater Sydney would be considered a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am Saturday.

“It is going to cause an inconvenience to families … but it is too important, we must protect Queenslanders,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said she was not informed in advance of that decision, and added the border closure would hurt Queensland much more than it would hurt NSW.

“The economic consequences in Queensland or South Australia will hurt much more than it hurts NSW, we are in the strongest position in the nation which we want to maintain obviously,” she said.

In western Sydney, 10 of the new cases confirmed in NSW have been linked to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park outbreak, taking it to 85 cases. Two of the new cases associated with that outbreak were in two women from the Hunter New England area, who are part of a cluster of at least six cases linked to the Wetherill Park outbreak.

Three new cases have been linked to the funerals cluster in the Bankstown area, taking that cluster to 18, and one has been linked to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak which includes 57 cases.

School closures

Fort Street High School in Petersham will be closed on Thursday after it was advised of a possible COVID-19 case. The results of that person’s test will be confirmed while the school will undertake deep cleaning in the meantime.

Sydney Catholic Schools confirmed additional cases of COVID-19 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary Bossley Park and Freeman Catholic College in Bonnyrigg – both of which closed last week as students underwent tests, and have since tested positive.

“Both students have been in isolation since the weekend and neither have attended the re-opening of the school today,” the statement read.

“Neither student has been in attendance since the sites underwent their deep clean.”

EverLearn Preschool in Prestons will also close tomorrow for deep cleaning and contact tracing after a confirmed case of COVID-19. The school was one of several which was closed for cleaning last week.

Wearing mask ‘good policy’

Ms Berejiklian said she had noticed “employers who have staff in regular contact with customers in indoor space are suggesting to staff that they wear masks”.

“I think that is a completely sound way to proceed, if venues want to do that, that is a good policy,” she said.

“At this stage we are saying if you can’t maintain social distancing, you should [wear a mask] and some employers have gone that extra step and I commend them for going that extra step.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said social distancing would be around for the duration of the pandemic.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said social distancing would be around for the duration of the pandemic.Credit:Brook Mitchell

Ms Berejiklian said she had noticed a “number of older people have chosen to wear masks when they leave home and that’s a good thing”.

“If you are a vulnerable person, you might be good at social distancing but people around you may be less good at that and for that reason, I think masks might be a good option,” she said.

The Potts Point outbreak has also grown to seven, including cases connected to the Thai Rock restaurant as well as The Apollo and the Cruising Yacht Club in nearby Rushcutters Bay.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said there was still no clear link between the clusters at the two Thai Rock venues.

“We are continuing to investigate,” he said. “What we look for is links between cases while they’re infectious and we haven’t been able to find any.”

New rules for gyms

As NSW grapples with ongoing community transmission, tighter restrictions have been placed on gyms and fitness studios.

Ms Berejiklian said from Saturday, gyms will be required to register a COVID safety plan and have a dedicated hygiene marshal on duty at all times.

“I think it’s really important we give people confidence to be able to go to the gym,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Dr McAnulty said the restrictions were being brought in as gyms have been recognised as “a potentially risky venue”.

“People might be clustered close together and maybe reusing machines that others have used without cleaning,” he said.

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Police revealed on Wednesday a Kogarah bakery owner had been fined $5000 after not requiring people to register when eating in at the venue.

Ms Berejiklian urged people to leave venues if they felt those businesses were not operating in a safe manner, and reminded people the 1.5-metre rule also applied to seated groups at places including cafes, restaurants and pubs.

“If you’re out with friends, you’re sitting down at a venue, you should still have 1.5 metres between each of the chairs and each of you when you’re dining,” she said.

“These are rules based on the health advice, and we find too often when cases are identified that one or two of these rules have unintentionally been broken and that’s why the disease is spreading.”

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Rachel Clun is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Matt Bungard

Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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