Breaking: NSW Premier has urged people in Sydney to stay home.

The people of Sydney have been told to stay home, as experts scramble to contain a northern beaches COVID cluster, with the peninsula’s 250,000 residents set to be locked down at 5pm tonight.

About 250,000 people who live in Sydney’s Northern Beaches are asked to stay home until Monday and to get tested if they have symptoms. 

The rest of Sydney has been told to avoid the area, and to use a mask when on public transport and in public spaces like supermarkets.

The outbreak in Sydney’s Northern beaches has reached at least 35 people now.

People who visited a variety of shopping malls across Sydney are being urged to be test if they have any symptoms. People are considered casual contacts, and should monitor for symptoms, and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop:

NSW Health is issuing a variety of alerts for people in the Northern Beaches and across Sydney.

But NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged the city’s five million residents to be “extra Covid-safe” and to reconsider their social activities and movements.

“If we get on top of this in the next two or three days, all of us will have a much better Christmas,” she told reporters on Friday.

“But if we don’t… it could mean further restrictions