Summer Hill resident Claire Prideaux said the store was busy, after picking up items for work on the front-deck of her house. “I usually use click and collect, but some items you just can’t get,” she said.
Ms Prideaux said people in her neighbourhood were following the rules, wearing masks and walking in pairs if they were exercising.
She said many were baking for each other and engaging in other “lovely acts of kindness” amid the restrictions. “I am supporting anything to get people safe until we are all vaccinated. I am fortunate that I am doubled vaxxed, but my kids aren’t,” she said.
A host of new restrictions and police powers will come into effect on Monday, mostly affecting 12 local government areas of concern. The rules for the hotspot local council areas include a 9pm-5am curfew and outdoor exercise time restricted to an hour a day.
Retailers who had so far avoided closure, such as those selling hardware and building supplies, office equipment, garden materials and pet supplies, will only be able to provide goods to retail customers via “click and collect”. However, tradespeople will still be able to enter stores.
For the rest of NSW, masks will become mandatory outdoors from Monday as they have been in the hotspot LGAs, unless people are exercising.
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