Revealed: The one area of Sydney still stuck in ultra-hard lockdown despite having fewer active cases than the north shore or eastern suburbs where locals can bake on the beach all day
- Burwood council area in Sydney’s inner west home to 41 active cases of Covid
- This is fewer than the 46 active cases in both Woollahra and Waverley LGAs
- The locked down area also has fewer active cases than Hornsby’s 57 tally
An area of Sydney’s inner west is still in a hard lockdown despite having fewer active cases than wealthy postcodes on the north shore and eastern suburbs.
Burwood council has 41 active cases, far fewer than many beachside suburbs, but despite that, residents were still subjected to a two-hour daily exercise limit and until Wednesday a 9pm to 5am curfew.
By comparison, people in Bondi are free to take long coastal walks anywhere in their local council even though Waverley has 46 active cases.
An area of Sydney’s inner west remains in a hard lockdown despite having fewer active cases than wealthy postcodes on the North Shore and the eastern suburbs
The hotspot council with fewer active cases
Burwood council: 41 active cases
Hornsby council: 57 active cases
Northern Beaches: 63 active cases
Woollahra council: 46 active cases
Waverley council: 46 active cases
Randwick council: 329 active cases
The neighbouring Randwick council, covering Coogee, has 329 active cases but residents there retain more of their freedom.
Burwood also has fewer active cases than Sydney’s wealthiest postcodes with Woollahra council in the eastern suburbs home to 46 active cases.
It also has even fewer cases than Hornsby council, which has two national parks and semi-rural pockets, with 57 active cases.
This inner-city area has significantly fewer cases than the northern beaches, stretching 30km from Manly to Palm Beach, which is home to 63 active cases.
Despite so few case, the Burwood council area remains one of 12 councils subjected to a stricter lockdown along with Bayside, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.
On the NSW Covid map, Burwood is coloured orange, like the eastern suburbs and parts of the north shore.
But the small council neighbours the Canterbury-Bankstown council with 2,792 active cases.
Its other neighbours also 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 beachside suburbs, but despite that, residents are still subjected to a 9pm to 5am curfew and a 5km limit on leaving home for exercise (pictured is the main park at 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 is home to 46 active cases
The harsher restrictions in areas with fewer cases were used to argue stricter rules should be imposed a suburb-by-suburb basis instead of entire councils.
While Burwood itself has 35 active cases, Croydon next door has just six active cases.
The state government is reportedly considering replacing the council-wide restrictions in favour of focusing on individual suburbs.
On the northern side of Sydney, Epping is in a harder lockdown despite having just seven active cases because it falls within the Parramatta council area.
But residents of North Epping, which shares the same postcode, are free of these restrictions because they are part of the Hornsby council.
That means they can travel up to 57km away for exercise at Wisemans Ferry under rules allowing recreational activity anywhere within an LGA outside a hotspot.
The Burwood area also has even fewer cases than the Hornsby council area, the home of two national parks and semi-rural pockets, which has 57 active cases (pictured is Crosslands Reseve in Berowra Valley National Park)