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Restrictions on recreational activities eased from today

Published: 13 June 2020
Released by: Minister for Customer Service

From today, a raft of restrictions will be eased in NSW, enabling people to more freely gather with friends and family outdoors, entertain at home, visit gyms and participate in other fitness activities.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said NSW residents had earned the right to get out and enjoy the opportunities now available with family and friends.

“Thanks to the cooperation and discipline of so many people, the NSW Government has been able to roll back restrictions safely and steadily over time,” Mr Dominello said.

“Today, as you catch up in big groups of friends for the first time in many months, or hit the gym or enjoy other opportunities, please remember the COVID-safe rules.

“Only through maintaining physical distancing, staying home if unwell or taking yourself off to be tested if you feel out of sorts, can we continue to roll back COVID restrictions.”

From today 13 June, the following is allowed:

  • Food courts can reopen
  • Up to 20 people are allowed to visit homes
  • Up to 20 people are allowed to gather outdoors
  • Fitness, gymnasiums, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to 20 people per class subject to the four square metre rule, and up to one person per four square metres in the facility
  • Community centres and community halls, including their recreational facilities can reopen
  • Indoor recreational facilities such as bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, escape rooms, pools and saunas can also reopen, with up to 20 people per class where applicable and up to one person per four square metres in the facility
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 20 clients. The four square metre rule must be applied at all times.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said reopening NSW in a COVID-safe way has put the state in a great position that many overseas would envy.

“NSW moved swiftly to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and we are moving steadily to reopen the economy and keep people in jobs,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The cooperation of the public and business has been invaluable in our efforts to achieve this, so we ask businesses to follow their safety plans to protect the community.”

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