New South Wales will start relaxing lockdown restrictions from Friday, but does not plan to implement all step one measures agreed to by National Cabinet.
- The NSW Government has taken two days to release its plan to ease restrictions
- But NSW will still not be allowing local and regional travel
- State Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant has backed the move to relax restrictions
Premier Gladys Berejiklian will announce today that outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted and people can have five visitors at any one time.
Cafes and restaurants will also be able to have up to 10 people dining in.
Weddings will be allowed to have up to 10 guests while funerals can accommodate up to 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors.
The rules have also been relaxed for places of worship, where there can now be up to 10 people at religious gatherings.
Outdoor gyms and playgrounds will open and outdoor pools with restrictions.
But New South Wales does not intend to follow the National Cabinet’s plan to permit local and regional travel.
Ms Berejiklian said it was too soon to let people take regional holidays.
Unlike other jurisdictions, the Berejiklian Government has taken two days to decide whether to start reopening the state after National Cabinet met on Friday morning.
“My firm position during the crisis has been to follow the health advice and do what’s best for New South Wales,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, to guide us towards easing further restrictions.”
The state’s Chief Medical Officer, Kerry Chant, has also backed the move to relax restrictions.
“The chief health officers of the Commonwealth and states supported by experts have prepared advice on the way forward,” Dr Chant said.
“As we take this next step we need to continue to work together — governments, community, business and NGOs — with high rates of testing, social distancing and adherence to other public health measures like handwashing and staying at home if you show even slight symptoms.”
New South Wales had already started slightly relaxing restrictions.
A week ago, two adults plus children were allowed to visit a house.
From Monday, schools will start a staggered return and the Government has also been encouraging retail outlets to open.
The National Cabinet has agreed to step two and three of easing lockdown measures but the NSW Government has yet to consider its own plans.