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Stay-at-home orders resume for Sydney’s Northern Beaches

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After NSW recorded nine new local cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day.

NSW recorded nine new cases of locally-acquired COVID-19 on Boxing Day, eight of whom are linked to Sydney's Avalon cluster.

The one remaining locally-acquired case is currently still under investigation.

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed yesterday that current household restrictions — eased slightly for December 24, 25 and 26 — are back to normal from 12.01am today.

Under these "normal" restrictions — similar to those in place on December 23 — the number of visitors allowed in a household is reduced.

"We are reverting back to what we experienced on December 23, so, provisions still exist, however the one exception is in the northern part of the Northern Beaches you can have an outside gathering of five and in the southern part you can have an outside gathering of ten," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian explained.

"But I want to stress again, this means no movement to people inside the Northern Beaches.

"If you are in greater Sydney, do not go to the Northern Beaches."

Despite the day before being Christmas Day, nearly 40,000 came forward to be tested for coronavirus.

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The total number of cases linked to the Avalon cluster is now 116.

There were also an additional six cases of COVID-19 in returned travellers yesterday, all of whom are currently in hotel quarantine.

"Eight of the locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster," NSW Health said in a statement.

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"Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, which now numbers 116.

"The source of the other locally acquired case remains under investigation."

Mr Hazzard slammed partygoers who attended a Christmas Day beachfront party at Bronte, describing it as a possible "super-spreader event".

"It is absolutely appalling to see what was clearly a group of people, a large gathering of people who didn't give a damn about the rest of Sydney," Mr Hazzard said.

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Crowds gathered with little social distancing at Bronte Beach on Christmas Day.

"Let me tell you, that event, I am hoping, will not become a super-spreader event. But has every chance that it could be.

"Obviously in the earlier stages of the pandemic we had some challenges with backpackers with backpackers who clearly wanted to party in the eastern suburbs. It cannot go on."

NEW RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AS OF MIDNIGHT (DEC 26):

These restrictions exist until 11:59pm December 30:

For the Northern Beaches peninsula zone (North of Narrabeen Bridge, and east of the Baha'i Temple):

For the remainder (southern zone) of the Northern Beaches:

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Residents of the Northern Beaches are able to leave for four permitted reasons:

Northern Beaches restrictions

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-coronavirus-cases-boxing-day-northern-beaches-sydney-cluster-restrictions/68739296-56b9-49c1-be76-8ba4bbdada91

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