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Bunnings, gym among NSW’s newest exposure sites

Anyone who attended the service desk at the Bunnings in Ashfield in Sydney’s inner west on Thursday, June 24 between 1.30pm and 8pm is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

The same applies for anyone who was greeted as they entered the store between 3.50pm and 4pm on the same day.

Meanwhile, anyone who attended Uniqlo at Pitt Street Mall on Monday, June 21 between 10.15am and 11.15am or the Fitness First Gym on George Street in North Strathfield (in Sydney’s inner west) on Friday, June 25 between 11am and 1.30pm also has to immediately get tested and isolate for a fortnight.

A number of other exposure sites made their way onto NSW’s official list late last night, including popular bus routes to and from the city’s inner west and a gelato bar in the inner north shore.

Authorities are reminding NSW residents that there are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across the state.

For a full list of locations and exposure windows, visit the official NSW website.

Victorian government looks to decriminalise sex work

Victoria will join a growing list of jurisdictions in the world to decriminalise the sex industry if state MPs adopt recommendations aimed at safeguarding workers and reducing stigma.

Andrews government ministers are considering legislative reforms that Consumer Affairs Minister Melissa Horne said would protect sex workers.

Consumer Affairs Minister Melissa Horne.Credit:Justin McManus

“Sex work is a legitimate form of work and should be regulated through standard business laws, like all other industries in the state,” Ms Horne said.

“Decriminalising sex work in Victoria will ensure it’s safe work – a basic human right that everyone deserves.”

Read the full story here.

Today’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Wednesday, June 30. I’m Broede Carmody.

Here’s everything you need to know before we jump into today’s rolling coverage.

  • Around 12 million Australians are waking up in lockdown this morning after south-east Queensland joined NSW, WA and the Northern Territory in issuing stay-at-home orders to curb local COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is warning the number of cases in her state could “bounce around” in coming days. Yesterday, the NSW recorded 19 cases of COVID-19 in the community. At least 5000 people have been considered close contacts and a small business support package has been announced.
  • Queensland’s lockdown is a blow for the state’s tourism industry given it’s the school holidays. Authorities are concerned about a 19-year-old hospital receptionist was out and about in the Brisbane community for 10 days before testing positive to the highly contagious Delta coronavirus strain. There are reports she wasn’t vaccinated.
  • Residents of the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia are waking up to the second day of their four day snap lockdown (with three cases linked to the state’s local outbreak so far). Meanwhile, Territorians are waking up to their third full day of lockdown. The total number of infections linked to the Central Australian mining cluster is now 10.
  • The Australian Medical Association is urging people under 60 to wait for the Pfizer vaccine if they can, despite a snap decision from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to allow people of any age to request the AstraZeneca jab from their GP. Pfizer is the recommended jab for people under 60, but so far under 40s have not yet become eligible for that vaccine under the Government’s staged rollout.
  • And in sports news, Australian tennis star and World No.1 Ash Barty has advanced to the second round of Wimbledon. England has also ended a 55-year drought to beat Germany in the European Championship quarter finals.
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