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Easing of COVID-19 restrictions, including travel, begins today, Friday, May 15

Destination Country and Outback NSW reports New South Wales is cautiously moving toward recovery, with Tourism Australia advising the National Cabinet has outlined its Roadmap for COVIDSafe regional travel around Australia to resume at the discretion of States and Territories.

The three-step framework to ease the rules sets out a plan to achieve a COVID- safe economy and society by July this year. 

The framework will be implemented at a pace set by individual states and territories to suit local circumstances.

Stage 1 allows restaurants and cafes to reopen.

People will be able to undertake local and regional travel and so this is what is needed to consider and prepare for in Country and Outback.

Cabinet will review the stages every three weeks.

At a press conference to unveil the new framework, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said international travel is “not likely in the near future”.

Following the decision, States and Territories have announced their individual plans to ease or maintain their current restrictions.

NSW and Victoria have been the hardest hit by coronavirus.

Easing of restrictions from Friday, May 15, 2020

After assessing the new framework from National Cabinet, the NSW Government has announced a further easing of restrictions from 15 May.

This will allow more businesses to open and more people to stay in work.

As NSW takes the next step, we need to keep up our high rates of testing, and continue to practise physical distancing and good handwashing hygiene. If you have even the mildest symptoms, you should stay at home.

From Friday 15 May, the following will be allowed in NSW:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people;
  • Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time;
  • Up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time;
  • Weddings up to 10 guests;
  • Indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30;
  • Religious gatherings and places of worship up to 10 worshippers;
  • Use of outdoor equipment with caution; and
  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions.

The NSW Government will closely monitor COVID-19 rates, especially community transmissions, and use this to guide the further easing of restrictions.    

Media Release: Thursday, May 14, 2020