Sydney, Australia Starts Two-Week Full Lockdown

For the first time since early 2020, Australia has issued a full 14-day lockdown for Sydney and more restrictions in Queensland, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and South Australia.

The lockdown and restrictions are in response to the significant spike in cases of the Delta variant.

What to Expect

From 6 PM on Saturday, June 26, 2021, individuals who have been in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour since Monday, June 21, 2021, must follow the stay at home rules and must continue to follow them for 14 days after they were last in Greater Sydney.

Exemptions are in place to get food, medical care, and emergency services, for limited outdoor activities, to access childcare, and work or education if not possible to do so from home.

Individuals should not enter Greater Sydney without an essential reason.

For all of New South Wales, employers should allow employees to work from home if it is possible to do so.

Continued Travel Restrictions

An entry ban is in place for all non-Australian citizens and non-residents. Exemptions apply for immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents, including spouses, minor dependents, legal guardians, and de facto partners.

All travelers are required to complete 14 days of quarantine.

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