Warning amid lift in COVID-19 restrictions

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Hunter New England Health has warned that the community shouldn’t become complacent about COVID-19, despite the flattening of the curve.

While numbers are down and restrictions are easing across the country, Public Health Controller, Dr David Durrheim, says we’re not out of the woods just yet.

“We’ve made some really positive progress towards getting COVID-19 under control but we need to be careful not to become complacent,” he says.

“We’re all keen to return to our normal lives, but even as restrictions ease vigilance is still needed to ensure we don’t get a resurgence of the virus, which is a possibility.

“What we’re really looking at is a new type of normal until an effective vaccine is broadly available.”

From today – Friday 1 May – three key changes have taken 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.

With some visiting restrictions lifted, Dr Durrheim stresses that social distancing and good hygiene should still be front of mind.

“We will need to continue to test widely, and monitor cases closely as restrictions ease,” he says.

“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring we keep good control of COVID-19.

“Regular hand hygiene, meticulous cough and sneeze etiquette, and continuing to stand back are our new normal. Let’s all make sure that we are not giving the virus another chance.”

Visit the Hunter New England Local Health District’s website for more information or updates on COVID-19.

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