Sydney and Victoria ramp up restrictions as more Covid clusters emerge

Sydneysiders and Melburnians will be forced to have quieter ends to 2020 with new restrictions being announced by both states.

Victorians have just six hours to adapt to changes kicking in at 5pm on New Years Eve, with the number of people at private gatherings at home halved to 15 visitors, with mask use indoors also mandatory unless people are eating and drinking.

Victoria’s two-month run of no locally acquired cases ended yesterday with with three Covid-19 cases identified from the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant where a NSW traveller dined on December 21. Three more cases were found today taking the Victoria total to six and close contacts have been identified in areas including  Melbourne, Barwon Heads and several other locations over the following week.

The list is on the Dept of Health and Human Services (DHHS) site here.

The DHHS has contacted 52 close contacts of the first three cases.

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