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NSW records no new cases of COVID-19 ahead of masks on Mother’s Day

NSW may have recorded no new local COVID-19 cases, however restrictions will remain in place in Greater Sydney this Mother's Day. Photo: AAP
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NSW has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There were six new cases in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

The results come after 22,153 tests were conducted during this period.

New restrictions remain in place across Greater Sydney after two new cases of community transmission were detected earlier this week.

Sydneysiders are being urged to wear masks and adhere to other restrictions without cancelling their Mother’s Day plans.

The restrictions – which extend to the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and the Illawarra – will remain in place until at least the end of the weekend. They include compulsory masks on public transport and a 20-person cap on indoor gatherings.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian doesn’t want the curbs to suppress Sydneysiders’ spirits, encouraging residents to keep their Mother’s Day bookings for Sunday and continue supporting local businesses.

Liquor and Gaming NSW is urging businesses to do the right thing over the weekend too.

Compliance officers will be out in force across the state, checking venues are COVID-safe.

Businesses can be fined up to $5000 and forced to shut their doors for defying COVID rules, including the requirement all patrons check in.

“Now is not the time to get complacent, the COVID safety requirements are in place for a reason, and all venues need to make sure they are fully compliant,” director of compliance Dimitri Argeres said.

Officers will also be checking those participating in the NSW government’s Dine & Discover voucher program are complying with its rules.

“This includes not artificially inflating prices or allowing customers to use the vouchers to buy restricted products,” Mr Argeres said.

Meanwhile, authorities have issued an alert for customers who visited Double Bay Woolworths.

Anyone who attended the store between 10.45am and 11.00am on May 3 must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

The restrictions came after a man in his 50s from Sydney’s east was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday, followed shortly by his wife.

The man’s strain has been linked to a man in hotel quarantine but health officials are yet to identify how it was passed between them.

-with AAP