The coronavirus restrictions eased for millions on Friday

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Millions of people reverted to looser restrictions on Friday as coronavirus cases across NSW remained promisingly low.

After midnight, twice as many customers were allowed back in cafes and restaurants with Greater Sydney returning to the two-square-metre rule for indoor venues and outdoor events.

Mandatory mask use has been scrapped in a number of settings including hairdressers, beauty salons, places of worship and hospitality, but will remain compulsory on public transport, in taxis and Ubers.

Health workers tend to cars at a drive-in coronavirus testing clinic.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the slate of changes on Wednesday. Source: AAP

When announcing the changes on Wednesday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said while masks would become optional in many indoor places, they were still strongly recommended.

Gyms will still need to adhere to the four-square-metre rule, while caps on weddings and funerals remain at 300.

Only 20 guests will be allowed to dance at weddings and singing in public remains capped to five people.

The changes come as NSW approaches an important milestone.

The state on Thursday recorded 25 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 case – three days short of the mark of eliminating the virus in the community.

A woman getting a pedicure from a woman in a mask.
Face coverings are now optional in hairdressers, beauty salons, places of worship and hospitality. Source: AAP

Only three cases were diagnosed in hotel quarantine from more than 16,000 tests across the state on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Victorian health officials are tracking down people who were at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport between January 27 and February 9 after more cases were linked to the growing cluster, which led to the hotel being closed.

Anyone at the hotel in this period must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

With AAP

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