Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Iconic Sussex Street restaurant will close
COVID-19 lockdowns continue to hurt the hospitality industry, with the closure of another Sydney institution.
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant on Sussex Street in the Chinatown district has announced it has become administration after 31 years of serving Sydney’s elite.
The diner, known for its lobster tanks and political guests, was unable to sign a contract as COVID-19 restrictions continued to complicate operations in the industry.
The administration notice was posted on the ASIC website on August 17th.
Chifley Advisory has been appointed administrator.
Vaccines are on track for September
Health authorities have called on younger people from hotspot areas to get vaccinated as part of a campaign.
Within a day of bookings going online, 165,000 people aged 16-39 from 12 local government areas of concern signed up to get the Pfizer vaccine.
It is part of a campaign in Health NSW to administer 530,000 vaccines over two and a half weeks.
Deputy Secretary Susan Pearce allowed anyone eligible to sign up as the state continued to break COVID records.
“My message is we have a vaccine, we have the ability to provide it, we need people to move forward. Please don’t wait for another clinic to pop up in your area.”
The state is on track to reach 80 percent of the population partially vaccinated by Sept. 18, after passing the 54 percent mark yesterday.
International appeal for families
The Red Cross has launched a fundraising appeal for the people of Afghanistan after the capital Kabul fell to the Taliban.
The charity said the money would deliver vital health care to Afghanistan, and help Australian communities find and reconnect with missing families caught in the crisis.
The charity said it has been working in Afghanistan for 30 years.
The school was closed as COVID spread
A primary school in Western Sydney is closed today after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
The Department of Education said staff and students of William Dean Public School, in Dean Park, are now isolated.
They are awaiting further advice from health authorities.
The on-site Northwest Community Childcare will also be closed for the day.
TAFE courses offered at lockdown
An additional 60 short courses will be offered to people in New South Wales to study for free during the lockdown.
The state government is adding 3,000 training places for people who have not worked, to have skills at home or to retrain in a new industry.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the new courses would be funded through the JobTrainer program.
“We know it’s hard for people to do. It’s 3,000 free places, with a whole range of courses from health to business to construction,” he said.