26 September 2023

Premier rattles key to lockdown

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NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian has announced the State can expect further easing of the COVID-19 restrictions from this Friday (15 May).

Ms Berejiklian said that after assessing the new framework from the National Cabinet and discussing the State-wide impacts with NSW Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant, it was determined safe for NSW to ease further restrictions.

“Our community has demonstrated that by working together we can achieve positive results,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The changes will allow NSW to fire up the economy, while allowing more personal freedoms,” she said.

“We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, to guide us towards easing further restrictions.”

Ms Berejiklian said that from Friday, residents of NSW would be able to participate in outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people; cafes and restaurants could seat 10 patrons at a time; up to five people could visit a household at a time; weddings could have up to 10 guests; indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30; religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 participants; people could use outdoor equipment with caution; and outdoor pools could open with restrictions.

She said it was too soon to allow for regional holidays and ease further restrictions but she would continue to work with business and communities going forward.

Dr Chant supported the move to lift the restrictions cautiously and urged people to be vigilant.

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