Taxis and rideshare drivers are BANNED from Sydney's CBD

A raft of new Covid-19 rules will come into place in NSW on Monday as hundreds of police officers prepare to quash an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney.

NSW is readying for a raft of new Covid-19 rules to become mandatory on Monday as the premier pleads with Sydney residents to ‘bunker down’ for at least another six weeks.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced stay-at-home orders will apply in Sydney until at least September 30 while a dozen hotspot local government areas will face harsher rules, including a curfew from 9pm to 5am.

‘It is time for all of us to bunker down and take this as seriously as we can,’ the premier said on Friday.

Police will station more than 1500 officers around the CBD on Saturday to ensure the protest doesn’t occur

The state reported 642 new locally-acquired cases – the third consecutive day daily infections have exceeded 600 – and four deaths on Friday.

Meanwhile, the alleged organiser of a proposed anti-lockdown protest in central Sydney this weekend has been sentenced to at least three months’ jail for failing to comply with NSW public health orders.

Police will station more than 1500 officers around the CBD on Saturday to ensure the protest doesn’t occur.

Taxi and rideshare services will again be shut out of the city between 9am and 3pm, with companies facing fines of up to half a million dollars if they take passengers to the CBD and surrounds.

From Monday, mask-wearing will be mandatory for all people in NSW when outdoors, except when exercising.

From Monday, mask-wearing will be mandatory for all people in NSW when outdoors, except when exercising

Construction sites will also face a compliance blitz as SafeWork NSW officers hunt for rule-breakers this weekend.

Three Sydney building sites saw fines of thousands of dollars each in the last week for not ensuring their workers were vaccinated.

One site in Liverpool has to cough up $20,000 after inspectors found its workers were not wearing masks or scanning QR codes, and their boss hadn’t ensured they were vaccinated or tested.

Residents in those council areas in the city’s west and southwest are from Monday limited to one hour of outdoor exercise per day.

Committee for Sydney CEO Gabriel Metcalf said the committee had ‘grave concerns’ that people in public spaces outdoors were being over-policed.

‘To date, we are not aware of any evidence of significant transmission of Covid in outdoor spaces,’ Mr Metcalf said.

NSW police have been given greater powers to enforce compliance including the ability to lock down apartment blocks while NSW Health assesses Covid-19 risk – before anyone even tests positive.

People who enter LGAs of concern without a reasonable excuse will face fines of $1000 and an order to isolate at home for two weeks.

Hardware stores like Bunnings, office supply stores and other retail premises must close in those 12 areas except for click-and-collect, and all exams and education activities must move online, except the HSC.

People who enter LGAs of concern without a reasonable excuse will face fines of $1000 and an order to isolate at home for two weeks

A permit system will from Saturday also come into force for people travelling between Greater Sydney and regional NSW, which is in lockdown until at least August 28.

NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns said Covid-19 does not ‘respect lines on a map’ and people were doing their best to comply with an ever expanding and confusing set of health orders.

‘Since this lockdown started up until now, there have been 39 sets of changes to health orders and there are currently 39 pages of public health orders,’ he said.

‘Let’s get a clear and simple message from the NSW government and male enlargement pills that work should include what is the objective of the three month lockdown if, as the premier insists Covid zero is now no longer possible.’

Covid-19 vaccinations for all NSW healthcare workers will be mandated by the end of next month, and for childcare workers and disability support workers in the council areas of concern by August 30.

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