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NSW COVID cases grow, Sydney lockdown protest to go ahead, Victoria COVID cases grow, ACT COVID cases grow, NSW lockdown continues, Melbourne lockdown continues, ACT lockdown continues

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An exclusion zone will be in place in Sydney’s CBD from 9am to 3pm today as police attempt to quell an anti-lockdown protest which plans to kick off at Victoria Park in the inner city at noon.

Taxis and ride-share services are prohibited from taking passengers into the CBD while the exclusion is in place, with fines of up to $100,000 applying for individuals and $500,000 for companies.

Police speak to a driver at a checkpoint on the Princes Highway when a CBD exclusion zone applied last month.

Police speak to a driver at a checkpoint on the Princes Highway when a CBD exclusion zone applied last month.Credit:James Brickwood

Police say the prohibition notice they have issued applies to seven transport providers, “in response to planned unlawful protest activity at risk of seriously compromising the public’s safety”. Trains are also expected to alter their stopping patterns.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said more than 1500 officers have been deployed to respond to the protest. Essential workers, and anyone who requires medical treatment, will be able to make their way into the city as normal.

“The transmission of the delta strain of COVID-19 presents a clear and present threat to the community. Now is not the time to gather in groups in protest,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

When this exclusion zone was first used last month, lanes of major arterial roads were closed as police set up checkpoints heading into the city.

The boundaries of today’s exclusion zone will be:

  • Western boundary: City West Link and The Crescent at Lilyfield.
  • Southern boundary: South Dowling Street and Todman Avenue at Zetland,
  • Northern boundary: Bradfield Highway at Milsons Point.
  • Eastern boundary: New South Head Road and Ocean Avenue at Edgecliff.
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