Face masks compulsory for Greater Sydney residents

Face masks will be mandatory at certain indoor settings for residents in Greater Sydney as the state works to reduce the amount of locally acquired coronavirus cases.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement on Saturday, declaring the changes will come into effect from midnight.

Masks will be compulsory on public transport, at shopping malls, places of worship, hair and beauty salons, in gaming areas, at indoor entertainment venues and for staff at hospitality venues.

Failure to comply will see residents fined $200, a penalty which will come into effect on Monday.

Children under 12 are exempt from the mask-wearing mandate.

The Premier also announced changes to gym classes, with a capacity reduction to 30 individuals while funerals, weddings, and places of worship would be capped at 100 attendees subject to the four square metre rule.

Outdoor performances and activities would be halved from 1000 to 500 people permitted to attend and controlled outdoor events would be reduced from 5,000 participants to 2,000.

Meanwhile those in the southern zone of the Northern Beaches will be brought in line with the rest of Greater Sydney from Sunday.

The changes were announced as the state recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 from nearly 32,000 tests

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