Revealed: The only part of Sydney still stuck in ultra-hard lockdown, despite having fewer active cases than the North Coast or Eastern Suburbs where locals can bask on the beach all day
- Burwood council area in inland Sydney, home to 41 active Covid cases
- This is less than the 46 active cases in both Woollahra and Waverley LGAs
- The closed area also has fewer active cases than Hornsby’s 57 count
Some of Sydney’s interior is still hard-locked, despite the fact that there are fewer active cases than wealthy zip codes on the north coast and eastern suburbs.
The Burwood City Council has 41 active cases, far fewer than many beachfront suburbs, but despite this, residents are still subject to a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, a two-hour daily movement limit.
By comparison, people in Bondi are free to take long coastal walks anywhere in their borough, even though Waverley has 46 active cases.
Some of Sydney’s inland areas remain in harsh lockdown, despite fewer active cases than wealthy zip codes on the north coast and eastern suburbs
The hotspot council with less active cases
Burwood council: 41 active cases
Council of Hornsby: 57 active cases
Northern beaches: 63 active cases
Woollahra Council: 46 active cases
Waverley council: 46 active cases
Randwick council: 329 active cases
The neighboring Randwick council, which covers Coogee, has 329 active cases, but residents there retain more of their liberty.
Burwood also has fewer active businesses than Sydney’s wealthiest postcodes, with Woollahra Municipality in the Eastern Suburbs having 46 active businesses.
It also has even fewer cases than Hornsby borough, which has two national parks and semi-rural areas, which has 57 active cases.
This inner-city area has significantly fewer cases than the Northern Beaches, which stretch 30km from Manly to Palm Beach, where there are 63 active cases.
Despite so few cases, the Burwood council area remains one of 12 boroughs subject to stricter closure, along with Bayside, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs. from Penrith.
On the NSW Covid map, Burwood is colored orange, as are the eastern suburbs and parts of the north coast.
But the small council adjoins the Canterbury-Bankstown council with 2,792 active cases.
The other neighbors also have many cases with 173 in Strathfield, 102 in Canada Bay and 190 in the Inner West Council, a gentrified area stretching from Ashfield to Annandale.
Burwood Council has 41 active cases, a level lower than many beachfront suburbs, but despite this, residents are still subject to a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and a 3 mile limit when leaving home to exercise (pictured is the main park in Burwood)
By comparison, people in Bondi (pictured) are free to take long coastal walks anywhere in their local government area, even though the Waverley LGA has 46 active cases
The stricter restrictions in areas with fewer cases were used to argue for stricter rules per suburb rather than entire municipalities.
While Burwood has 35 active cases of its own, Croydon has only six active cases.
The state government is reportedly considering replacing council-wide restrictions by focusing on individual suburbs.
On the north side of Sydney, Epping is in tougher lockdown despite only having seven active cases, as it falls within Parramatta council area.
But residents of North Epping, who share the same zip code, are free from these restrictions as they are part of the Hornsby borough.
That means they can travel up to 57km away to exercise at Wisemans Ferry under rules that allow recreational activities anywhere within an LGA outside of a hotspot.
The Burwood area also has even fewer cases than the Hornsby council area, home to two national parks and semi-rural areas, with 57 active cases (pictured is Crosslands Reseve in Berowra Valley National Park)