The NSW Premier has again tightened restrictions for New Year’s Eve and has declared a new coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s Inner West

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The NSW Premier has again tightened restrictions for New Year’s Eve and has declared a new coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s Inner West.

Yesterday, NSW health authorities recorded 18 positive COVID-19 infections, including six linked to what is being referred to as the “Croydon cluster”.

Those six cases are all members of the extended family, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

“The Croydon cluster is of concern because there are no direct links at this stage,” she said.

“We anticipate because of the nature of that extended family’s movements that there will be more cases from that cluster.”

long queue of people waiting outside a hospital wearing masks

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the six cases were spread across three households with some in south-western Sydney, the Inner West and closer to city.

The gathering restrictions have now changed in response to the rising number of cases and will affect New Year’s Eve plans across the state.

The maximum number of people allowed to gather in a household has now been reduced from 10 to five people in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas.

Outdoor gatherings in the same areas have also been reduced from 50 to 30 people.

The same rules for both the north and south zones of the northern beaches apply — a maximum of five people can gather in a household.

Outdoor gatherings in the north zone are also capped at five people but in the southern zone 10 people can gather outside.

“Our preferred advice is that people just stay home for New Year’s Eve, but if must have people over, don’t have more than five and please make sure you have adequate social distancing, good ventilation,” the Premier said.

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