Venues remain shut as Greater Sydney lockdown is extended by four weeks

Live music is off the table until at least August 27 now

The Greater Sydney lockdown will be extended by at least four weeks, the New South Wales government has announced.

The lockdown has been in place since June 26, and will now stretch until at least 12.01am on August 28. The restrictions also apply to the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas.

NSW recorded 177 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm yesterday (July 27). Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the extension will give residents the chance to get vaccinated.

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“Though the Pfizer supply is insufficient there is plenty of AstraZeneca, and updated federal health advice recommends anyone aged 18 and over in Greater Sydney should access the jab,” Berejiklian said in a statement.

“If you are unvaccinated, please organise a jab as soon as you possibly can, especially if you live in an LGA [local government area] of concern.”

Gigs that are expected to be affected in light of extended restrictions include Julia Jacklin, Skegss, The Chats, Mansionair, and The Paper Kites, among others. In response to extended restrictions, the government will boost the financial support available for affected businesses such as live music venues and theatres.

“We know that keeping workers in jobs is critical, which is why we’ve fought hard to secure additional support to help businesses hold onto their staff,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

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“We appreciate how difficult it is for businesses right now, and we are also prioritising getting money out the door and into pockets as fast as possible.”

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