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NSW easing coronavirus restrictions from Friday – here are the changes

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<p>From 12.01am on Friday morning there will be a major rollback in many rules which limited gatherings and events over Christmas, New Year's and Australia Day.</p>

Coronavirus restrictions in NSW will ease from this Friday with up to 30 people allowed in homes and masks no longer mandatory in some indoor settings.

From 12.01am on Friday morning, there will be a major rollback in many rules which limited gatherings and events over Christmas, New Year's and Australia Day.

Up to 30 people will be allowed to visit a house, including children, and 50 people can attend an outdoor event such as a picnic, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced.

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As many as 300 people can now attend weddings, subject to the four-square-metre rule.

There is no cap on the number of people at hospitality venues or places of worship, subject to the four-square-metre rule.

Masks will remain mandatory on public transport and in places of worship, but become optional at supermarkets, and other retail and hospitality venues.

"If you are catching public transport, you are going to a place of worship, so whether you go to a church, synagogue or a mosque, you will need to wear a mask," Ms Berejiklian said.

"It is mandatory to wear a mask on public transport. No questions asked. It is mandatory to wear a mask in a place of worship. And it's also mandatory to wear a mask if you're a front-facing hospitality worker.

"We recommend people wear masks if vulnerable and can't guarantee social distancing. We asked supermarkets and other places to consider what their staffing policy might be around masks.

"We're not suggesting it is compulsory, because the contacts there are casual.

"Also, I should add in relation to that that if you are attending a beauty salon or a hairdressing salon, where there's prolonged periods where you're there for hours, both the staff and the patrons also need to wear a mask."

The premier also flagged that restrictions are likely to be further relaxed in a fortnight so long as there is no or low community transmission of the virus.

The four-square-metre rule could be changed again to the two-square metre rule for hospitality venues, and at events such as weddings.

"So, it means if you have a wedding or a funeral or any other event, you will be able to subscribe to the two square metre rule," Ms Berejiklian said.

"That includes hospitality venues, and anywhere elsewhere there's the four-square-metre rule is in place will be able to revert to the two-square-metre rule we believe in about a fortnight.

"We're not there yet."

Source: 9News

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