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National Covid update - 27 June

Peter Bourke

26 June 2021

After the announcement yesterday of the 2 week lockdown for Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong from 6pm today (26 June) until 11.59pm Friday, 9 July, there have been a number of other announcements in other states.


From 1pm residents from Darwin, Palmerston and the rural areas must stay at home for the 48 hour lockdown period. People are only permitted to leave home for the following five reasons:

Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
For essential goods and services, like groceries and medications
For work that is considered essential
For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other person or people from your house
To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.
In addition to this, there is a new direction on masks.

For everyone in the lockdown area, masks must be worn if you leave your place of residence for one of these five reasons.

Bicycle retail - is not permitted
Vehicle repair is considered an essential service - which in the opinion of the BIA would allow bicycle stores to continue to offer bicycle repair (but not general service)

Currently there is no community transmission of COVID-19 across the NT, and no requirement to wear a mask in public. There is still a risk of COVID-19 in NT communities and wearing a face mask can help keep everyone safe.


From 6am Monday 28 June 2021, tighter restrictions will be brought in for all Queenslanders for the period of the NSW lockdown (currently until Friday 9 July 2021) including:

All indoor settings 1 person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals 1 person per 2 square metres or 200 people (whichever is greater) or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
Gatherings at private residences: limited to a maximum of 100 people
While not mandatory, you are strongly encouraged to:
carry a mask with you at all times when you leave home
wear a mask when travelling on public transport, in a taxi
or rideshare or in shopping centres
wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor space when you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares.

All defined public activities and general retail industry premises must have a completed COVID Safe Plan and have an approved contact tracing system enabled.

All people entering the place must upload their relevant contact details to the approved contact tracing system. This upload is automatic when you use the COVID SAfe Check-In to scan the QR code.

For more information, visit the COVID Safe Checkin page.


Effective 12pm, Sunday 27 June, restrictions will be introduced for Perth and Peel for a minimum 3 days.

Masks mandatory:
Public transport
Outdoor public areas where physical distancing is not possible.  
Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students and those who are exempt.
All further restrictions can be found here

Individuals who are not able to work due to restrictions, may be eligible for Covid Disaster payments funding - go to

If you require someone to talk to about any issues or need help to support someone else - please contact the Covid Mental health wellbeing support service  on 1800 51 23 84 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636

Regards Peter 

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