Massive rule change in NSW with up to 30 people now allowed to gather in restaurants, pubs and parks – after state records 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
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 on Monday.
The NSW government nevertheless announced the easing of several COVID-19 restrictions, including increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 20 to 30.
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
Group bookings at hospitality venues such as restaurants can also number 30 people.
The permissible number of guests at weddings from December will be lifted to 300 people, provided they are seated, while corporate events can have up to 300 people in any setting. These limits remain subject to COVID-safe practices.
It comes as NSW health authorities 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.
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
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