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A number of major changes have introduced for New South Wales and Greater Sydney as coronavirus cases remain stubbornly high.

A number of major changes to coronavirus restrictions have come into force in New South Wales and Greater Sydney as daily COVID-19 cases remain high.

The new rules, announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday, kicked in from 12.01am on Monday.

Here's a rundown of what is changing across the state.

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Lockdown extended

Greater Sydney's lockdown will be in place until the end of September, at least.

The Premier said Shellharbour and the Central Coast would be removed from the Greater Sydney definition to become rural areas.

The lockdown in rural and regional NSW is due to end on August 28 but that could be extended depending on case numbers.

A decision on that is expected this week.

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New mask rules for all of NSW

Everyone across NSW must wear a mask outside of their homes, except for when exercising.

The rule came into force at 12.01am on Monday, August 23.

For those exercising, a mask must be carried at all times.

The rule will be in place for rural and regional NSW until August 28, at least.

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Curfew in place for hotspot LGAs

A curfew has been introduced across 12 local government areas in Greater Sydney where coronavirus cases are at their highest.

Those LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.

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People are not be allowed to leave their homes between 9pm and 5am.

That curfew came into place at 12.01am on Monday.

The curfew does not apply to authorised workers, emergencies or medical care.

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SydPath staff conduct COVID-19 tests at the 24 hour drive through clinic at Fairfield Showgrounds, Sydney.

Exercise limited to one hour

People living in hotspot areas — spread across Sydney's south-west and western suburbs — are limited to exercising outdoors for just one hour per day.

Ms Berejiklian said this move was made as a small group of people were using exercise the wrong way in a bid to leave the home.

More retail venues to close

A number of additional retailers have moved to click and collect only.

They include garden centres and plant nurseries, office supplies, hardware and building supplies, landscaping material supplies, rural supplies, and pet supplies.

Tradespeople are allowed to shop in-store where relevant.

These rules will apply for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern.

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New rules for authorised workers and workplaces in hotspots

In another change that kicked in at 12.01am, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by August 30.

Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their worksite or they have had their first vaccine dose by August 30.

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From Saturday, August 28, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home.

Also from August 28, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW.

Police given new 'special' powers

Police will be able to lock down apartment blocks while health authorities assess COVID-19 risk.

A residential premise can be deemed a COVID-risk premise, with all people required to present to police during compliance checks.

Police will be able to direct a person who has been issued with an infringement notice to return to their place of residence.

If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days.

Parents urged to keep children at home

Ms Berejiklian has pleaded with parents and carers to keep children at home and not take them to childcare centres and schools.

"We are also encouraging that unless you have to, please do not send your children to childcare or early childhood (learning centres)," Ms Berejiklian said.

The plea came after a number of positive infections at schools and childcare centres.

More information on the new rules can be found here.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-lockdown-restrictions-update-greater-sydney-lockdown-extended-new-restrictions-curfew-explainer/8d6732e0-7e77-4d77-9eac-e05d31e75df8

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