Australia news LIVE: NSW records one new local COVID-19 case as more Sydney, Canberra exposure sites added; Victoria restrictions eased

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days.

Unlike in previous outbreaks, these rules will not extend to the Central Coast, Illawarra or Wollongong areas.

Dr Kerry Chant, right, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, left.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Masks are being strongly recommended in indoor venues including cinemas, and for hospitality workers.

“It is not compulsory but we are recommending that, especially if you cannot guarantee social distancing [and] especially in those places around the eastern suburbs,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We know the virus has the potential to have been circulating in eastern Sydney, in particular.”

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant asked eastern suburbs residents to be particularly alert given the additional case today appears to have been acquired while shopping in a department store. She said the cases emerging in this outbreak were catching the virus in usually lower risk settings.

She said the woman in her 70s who caught the virus at an eastern suburbs cafe had been sitting outdoors.

“We would normally see outdoor dining as a lower risk setting and we would normally see shopping centres as a lower risk setting,” Dr Chant said.

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