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Comedian Jim Jefferies postpones Australian tour amid Sydney’s COVID outbreak 

Comedian Jim Jefferies postpones Australian tour as Sydney is thrown into lockdown amid Covid-19 outbreak

Jim Jefferies has been forced to postpone his Australian tour amid Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak.

The 44-year-old travelled from the US to Australia and completed his 14 days of hotel quarantine ahead of his first show, which was scheduled for June 29 in Sydney.

However, the comedian has postponed his tour after Stay-At-Home restrictions were enforced in the city after 12 new Covid-19 infections were recorded on Saturday.

Postponed: Comedian Jim Jefferies (pictured) has postponed his Australian tour as Sydney is thrown into lockdown amid Covid-19 outbreak

Jim wrote on social media: ‘COVID bloody sucks, and I even spent two weeks in hotel quarantine for this! Make no mistake: I will be back to perform these shows for you next year.’

He continued: ‘Stay safe, and please hang onto your ticket – this is not a cancellation, but a postponement.’

‘All tickets bought for my current dates will be valid for rescheduled 2022 dates to come. I can’t wait to get back here to Australia, see you soon.’

Jim was also scheduled to perform in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Tour: The 44-year-old travelled from the US to Australia and completed his 14 days of hotel quarantine ahead of his first show, which was scheduled for June 29 in Sydney

Tour: The 44-year-old travelled from the US to Australia and completed his 14 days of hotel quarantine ahead of his first show, which was scheduled for June 29 in Sydney

It comes as Greater Sydney was thrown into lockdown for two weeks after 12 new Covid-19 infections were recorded on Saturday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian held a crisis cabinet meeting, after earlier foreshadowing the seven-day lockdown – which began overnight – could be expanded to more local government areas in Sydney.

‘There is no curfew. You can leave your home at any stage to purchase any essential goods that you need to and that is a given. Be thoughtful and considerate about fellow citizens and no need to panic buy,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

Outbreak: However, the comedian has postponed his tour after Stay-At-Home restrictions were enforced in the city on Saturday

Outbreak: However, the comedian has postponed his tour after Stay-At-Home restrictions were enforced in the city on Saturday

‘I said that this the scariest time since the pandemic started and that’s proven to be the case.’

The stay-at-home orders apply to all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and Wollongong areas from 6pm on Saturday and will be in place until midnight on Friday July 9.

The four reasons residents can leave their houses include for school or work if unable to do so from home, medical reasons including to get the vaccine and to give care, for essential shopping and to exercise in groups of no more than ten. 

Lockdown: It comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) announced Greater Sydney would be thrown into lockdown for two weeks after 12 new Covid-19 infections were recorded on Saturday

Lockdown: It comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) announced Greater Sydney would be thrown into lockdown for two weeks after 12 new Covid-19 infections were recorded on Saturday

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