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New South Wales rule change as state records zero COVID-19 cases

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Massive rule change in NSW with 300 allowed at weddings and up to 30 in pubs, parks and restaurants – after the state recorded ZERO local coronavirus cases

  • New South Wales reported no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Monday
  • Cap on outdoor gatherings has been raised from 20 to 30 people at one time
  • Group bookings at hospitality venues can also number 30 people at once 
  • Up to 300 guests will also be allowed to attend weddings from December 1 

New South Wales residents will be able to gather outdoors in groups of 30 as a number of COVID-19 restrictions are eased this week. 

State premier Gladys Berejiklian announced several rollbacks as the state reported zero new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Monday. 

From Friday, the outdoor gathering cap will be increased from 20 to 30, while group bookings at hospitality venues will increase from 10 to 30.

‘If it’s indoors the four-square-metre rule applies [between groups] and if its outdoors the two-square metre rule applies,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

From December, the permissible number of guests at weddings will be lifted to 300 people, provided they are seated.

Corporate events will also be allowed to have up to 300 people in any setting. These limits remain subject to COVID-safe practices. 

‘This is good news and allows people to prepare for Christmas and their celebrations over summer,’ Ms Berejiklian said. 

NSW has recorded no new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 and the government has flagged a further easing of restrictions in the lead up to Christmas

NSW has recorded no new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 and the government has flagged a further easing of restrictions in the lead up to Christmas 

‘The health experts have give us advice that it could actually be safer to go to a restaurant or somewhere which is COVID-safe to have your Christmas lunch than indoors in a confined space and we want everybody to think about their plans and to plan ahead for that,’ she said. 

There were just under 7000 tests conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, with four new cases detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The low testing rate prompted NSW health authorities to again urge anyone with respiratory symptoms to get tested.

‘NSW is at a critical point and the only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing,’ NSW Health said in a statement. 

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant particularly cautioned residents in west and south-west Sydney to get tested.

‘If you have the most minimal of symptoms please come forward and get a test. This is critical.’

‘We can have more confidence in easing restrictions if we achieve very low or no levels of community transmission and everyone has a part to play,’ she said. 

NSW health authorities continue to keep a close eye on a coronavirus cluster in the southwest Sydney suburb of Oran Park, which currently numbers 19 people.

All staff and children who attended the Great Beginnings childcare centre in Oran Park between October 2 and Tuesday have been told to get tested and self-isolate for a fortnight, and the facility will remain closed until at least October 28.

All staff and children who attended the Great Beginnings childcare centre in Oran Park between October 2 and Tuesday have been told to get tested and self-isolate for a fortnight, and the facility will remain closed until at least October 28

All staff and children who attended the Great Beginnings childcare centre in Oran Park between October 2 and Tuesday have been told to get tested and self-isolate for a fortnight, and the facility will remain closed until at least October 28 

Those who attended the Gregory Hills Hotel in Gregory Hills, The 1500 United Cinema in Narellan, Shellharbour South Beach and Little Park and Woolworths Oran Park at various times between October 9 and October 12 are considered casual contacts of virus cases. 

The past weekend ushered in eased restrictions for NSW outdoor venues, with up to 500 people allowed to attend open-air concerts so long as they stay seated and four metres apart.

Limits on outdoor dining were also relaxed, allowing one patron per two square metres, with venues obliged to use an electronic QR code to record contact details.

More to come 



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