NSW to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions

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The COVID-19 restrictions across the state are set to slightly ease from Friday 15 May.

These changes will allow some businesses to reopen, more people to stay in work and more personal freedoms.

Under the eased restrictions outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and up to five visitors to a household at any one time are allowed.

Café’s and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time, while weddings can have up to 10 guests and indoor funerals can have up to 20 mourners, with 30 allowed for services that occur outside.

Outdoor pools are also set to open with restrictions and outdoor equipment can be used with caution.

Religious gatherings and places of worship can also open to up to 10 worshippers.

Restrictions around regional holidays and other activities will remain in place.

The community it still urged to be careful and maintain social distancing.

“Without a vaccine we need to be vigilant, especially when restrictions lift,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

“There will inevitably be more cases, so social distancing will become even more crucial.”

Everyone in the community is encouraged to get tested (even if you only have mild symptoms), stick to the rules about physical distancing and practice good handwashing hygiene.

The NSW Government will closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, and use this to guide the further easing of restrictions.

It will assess steps two and three of the Australian Government’s Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia in time.

Steps two and three will allow for more businesses to reopen, larger gatherings and some travel.

Go to the NSW Government’s website for more information about the COVID-19 restrictions.