COVID-19 restrictions ease in NSW

South western Sydney residents are urged to continue to practise physical distancing and good hand hygiene with the easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 15 May 2020.

Under the new guidelines, the following will be allowed:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Cafes and restaurants, including those attached to pubs and clubs, can seat 10 patrons at any one time and continue to provide takeaway services
  • Up to five visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • Weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the celebrant and couple
  • Indoor funerals can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30
  • Religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers
  • Outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution
  • Outdoor pools will be open with restrictions

People should not leave their home if they have even the mildest symptoms such as tiredness, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath.

Extra care should also be taken when visiting people who are over 70 or anyone with a pre-existing condition. Maintain a physical distance of more than 1.5 metres wherever possible and consider using the available outdoor areas such as the backyard or veranda when visiting someone’s home. Above all, do not visit even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

Visitor limits at the south western Sydney public hospitals will remain unchanged with one visitor permitted per patient at a time.

The most important weapons against the spread of COVID-19 are maintaining high rates of testing, practising physical distancing, washing your hands and staying home if you show even the slightest symptoms.

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