Coronavirus Australia: New singles bubble for Sydney as four-week lockdown extension looms

‘Singles bubble’ allows Sydneysiders to meet mate indoors – as looming extension of lockdown prompts officials to take mental health measures

Single Sydneysiders can now meet up with a friend indoors as part of a new ‘bubble’ system designed to combat mental health issues during lockdown.

Officials are said to have decided during a lengthy crisis meeting on Tuesday to move, with some reports suggesting a long extension of the lockdown beyond July 30 is imminent.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro reportedly argued against the system, with Customer Service Secretary Victor Dominello being a vocal supporter.

Health Secretary Brad Hazzard and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet also supported the concept.

In the end, the mental health issues trumped the potential mobility risks.

More to follow.