The Star Sydney suspends operations on growing Sydney COVID-19 outbreak

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The Star Sydney has suspended almost all operations for at least the next seven days after the New South Wales government introduced new restrictions on Friday to curb a growing outbreak of COVID-19.

The latest cluster, which originated from a limousine driver transporting international flight crew to their hotel, had climbed to 65 by Friday morning including 22 new cases reported within the previous 24 hours.

As a result, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that four local government areas, including the City of Sydney, would be placed into an effective lockdown as of 11.59pm Friday night.

Star Entertainment Group issued an announcement soon after in which it confirmed The Star Sydney was located within an affected area and would therefore cease operations, apart from limited hotel facilities, from this time as a result of the orders.

The company said it would continue to pay staff for the next seven days.

Its the fourth time The Star Sydney has been forced to either suspend operations or introduce capacity restrictions since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the most recent coming at Christmas due to an outbreak on Sydneys northern beaches.