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NSW Covid-19 Restrictions updated

Wednesday 29, Apr 2020

The NSW Government has announced an update to COVID-19 restrictions relating to small social gatherings at home, students’ return to school and retail activities in May.

There will be three key changes that will take effect across NSW in May 2020.

  • From Friday 1 May up to two adults and their dependent children will be allowed to visit another household
  • Face-to-face teaching will commence from 11 May through a staggered return to classroom learning, and the NSW Government will consider accelerating a full return to school as soon as possible
  • There may be increased retail activity, with some businesses choosing to re-open. It is important these shops maintain social distancing and hygiene requirements.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this update on visits to households had been made to reduce social isolation and improve mental health.

“It extends the existing guidelines of being able to leave home for ‘care or medical purposes’. The two adults need not be related,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The last thing any of us want to see is a huge spike in cases. We need anyone with even the mildest of symptoms anywhere in NSW to stay home and come forward for testing.”

There is no limit on how far people can travel within NSW so long as existing social distancing rules are respected and the reason for travel is consistent with one of the approved categories for leaving home.

Health officials advise it is important when visiting another household that social distancing is maintained and extra hygiene precautions are taken. When visiting, meeting in an outdoor environment such as a home garden, backyard or verandah will help reduce the risk.

The two-person gathering limit still applies to public places.

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