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Residents In Locked Down Sydney Tower Block Restricted From Getting More Than 6 Beers

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Residents In Locked Down Sydney Tower Block Restricted From Getting More Than 6 Beers

Authorities have placed alcohol restrictions on people living in a locked down apartment tower in Sydney.

Residents in Mission Australia's Common Ground building in Camperdown have been ordered to stay in their homes due to an outbreak of coronavirus.

There are 104 apartments that are locked down in the social housing estate and they have fairly harsh restrictions on what eventually gets to their door.

While many people have been prone to have a beer or glass of wine to take the edge off of a stressful situation in lockdown, these residents have had alcohol limits imposed on them.

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Police are inspecting deliveries and aren't letting more than six beers or pre-mixed drinks, one bottle of wine, or one 375ml bottle of spirits reach someone's door.

Whether it was bought by the resident or sent from a loved one as a care package, authorities are being very strict on what gets upstairs, according to News Corp.

Resident Robin Elhaj said: "They are searching all bags and things coming into the building...they confiscated a series of gifts. So things like bottles of spirits, we weren't allowed to have those and we still (aren't)."

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Another resident told SBS: "I don't do drugs, I don't drink, I don't even smoke but they still searched her bag.

"Our food has been brought to us opened and tampered with and the alcohol that was sent to certain people was confiscated and held with the police or NSW Health."

A different resident added: "It's not their business what people drink. People have the right to their own privacy. Just because people are poor, doesn't mean they don't have rights."

A Sydney Local Health District spokesperson confirmed to The Feed that 'some deliveries of alcohol have been restricted to ensure the safety of health staff and residents'.

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"Common Ground residents requiring higher levels of alcohol can request assessment by Sydney Local Health District Drug and Alcohol clinicians," they said.

"We understand the lockdown of the building may be challenging for some residents and we are working closely with Mission Australia to ensure the safety and welfare of all involved."

The tower block was plunged into lockdown when four cases of Covid-19 were detected.

Health authorities were concerned the apartment complex could become a super-spreader location and decided to keep everyone indoors.

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Mission Australia claims residents are being supported through this difficult time and they're being called by officials who check on their welfare.

Featured Image Credit: Mission Australia

Topics: Australia

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