A host of coronavirus restrictions have eased today in NSW allowing more freedoms with both indoor and outdoor gatherings and fewer places residents are required to wear face masks.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement Wednesday after a promising streak of no community transmission, with no new cases reported in 11 days.
From 12.01am today, masks were no longer required in supermarkets and are now only compulsory on public transport, in places of worship and in beauty and hair salons, and for hospitality workers.
NSW residents are able to welcome up to 30 people into their homes, while outdoor gatherings are capped at 50, and 300 people are allowed to attend weddings and funerals.
There will be no maximum cap on hospitality venues but they must adhere to the four square metre rule.
Ms Berejiklian said if all goes well, hospitality venues should be able to return to the two square metre rule in two weeks.
“With the easing of restrictions from Friday, that gives [businesses] a great leap of confidence for the next couple of weeks and then beyond that, the high probability of going back to two square metres, I think, should instil everybody with confidence,” she told reporters.
She also reminded residents about the importance of remaining vigilant, “because our strategy will only work if people to the right thing”.
It comes as Queensland premier revealed on Thursday the state would be reopening its border to NSW from Monday onwards.
“It has been a really, really long haul, and it has been tough on everybody, but I've always maintained, I have to keep Queenslanders safe ... the NSW border will reopen on the first of February,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Nine’s Today program.
“It's a great time for families to be reunited, but also, too, for people to plan their holidays. I met with tourism operators yesterday, they're really feeling it at the moment,” she said.
Ms Berejiklian found out about the border opening at the same time as the public as she participated in a radio interview with Ben Fordham on 2GB.
After Fordham passed on the good news, she said it was “fantastic” and would allow families to get together who weren’t able to over the Christmas period.
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