The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday today in tougher measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
- Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
- Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).
The measures, based on the advice of Australia's top health officials, were agreed on by the national cabinet on Sunday night.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, "I understand many in the community are worried, and these changes will affect everyday lives, and may be upsetting.
"But these decisions will make us all safer, they are taken with the health of all citizens in mind, and they must be taken now.
"If you have the capacity to work from home, you should do so."
"It is important to note essential gatherings at places such as hospitals, workplaces, constructions sites and for public transport are exempt and will continue.
"As confirmed last night by the Prime Minister schools will remain open, based on health advice, which has not changed.
But from tomorrow, in NSW, for practical reasons, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.
"Because nearly 30 per cent of children are already being kept out of school, for practical reasons NSW is encouraging parents to keep their children at home.
"This will ensure there is only one unit of work, whether the student is at home or at school.
"No child will be turned away from school."