COVID-19 restrictions to slightly ease

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The NSW Government has announced an update to the COVID-19 restrictions and how our schools and retail outlets will operate for the month of May.

From tomorrow – Friday 1 May – three key changes will take effect across the state.

Up to two adults and their dependent children will be allowed to visit another household.

Face-to-face teaching will return to schools from Monday 11 May.

After this return, the state government will then consider accelerating a full return to school as soon as possible.

While there have never been restrictions in NSW on what people can and cannot buy the state government wants to remind business to maintain social distancing and hygiene requirements.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this update on visits to households has been made to reduce social isolation and improve mental health.

“It extends the existing guidelines of being able to leave home for ‘care or medical purposes’,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The two adults need not be related. The last thing any of us want to see is a huge spike in cases.

“We need anyone with even the mildest of symptoms anywhere in NSW to stay home and come forward for testing.”

There is no limit on how far you can travel within the state as long as you respect the rules and the reason is consistent with one of the categories for leaving home.

Valid reasons for leaving home include work (where you cannot work remotely), school/education, essential shopping for food or other goods, medical reasons, caring for others or exercise

It is important when visiting another household social distancing is maintained and extra hygiene precautions are taken. When visiting, meeting in an outdoor environment such as home garden, backyard or verandah will help reduce the risk.

If you are visiting those aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions, we are urging you to be extra vigilant with social distancing and hygiene measures.

It is also important to remember that you do not visit anyone if you or they are unwell, even if you have mild symptoms like fatigue or a scratchy throat.

The two-person gathering limit still applies to public places.

Read about what you can and cannot do under the restrictions on the NSW Government website.

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