Gyms, tattoo parlours and food courts will finally re-open from TOMORROW in NSW – as house parties with 20 people are given the green light
- A string of coronavirus restrictions will be eased in NSW from Saturday
- Gyms, tattoo parlours, food courts, massage parlours and saunas will all open
- Most facilities will have a maximum of ten people but gyms will welcome 100
- Community sport will also kick off from July 1 as announced by NSW government
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Gyms, tattoo parlours and food courts will finally open up on Saturday in New South Wales as the state sees a steady drop in coronavirus cases.
People can also invite up to 20 guests to their houses this weekend, replacing the current five person limit.
While food courts were initially only open for takeaway, customers will be able to dine in from the weekend.
Community sport has also been given the green light and will kick off from July 1.
Gyms will finally reopen on Saturday with 100 customers inside and ten in each class
Gyms are expecting a big return on Saturday as doors finally open – but facilities will be limited to 100 people at a time with a maximum of 10 in each class.
New South Wales, which has 1,500 gyms, is the final state in Australia to announce when fitness centres can open their doors after two months of lockdown.
Gyms are open in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Canberra and the Northern Territory – and will open in Victoria on 22 June.
Pilates, yoga and dance classes will also open in NSW this weekend with a maximum of ten people at a time.
Tattoo and massage parlours will also welcome ten customers at a time.
Food courts that were previously restricted to takeaway only will allow for dine-in from Saturday
A maximum of ten people can attend tattoo parlours in NSW from the weekend (file image)
For those dining in at food courts, there will be a maximum of 50 people per separate seated eating area as well as extensive cleaning.
Community centres, indoor swimming pools and saunas will open on Saturday but people are urged to keep 1.5metres distance.
Outside gatherings of ten people will also be bumped up to 20 from the weekend.
But despite the flurry of eased restrictions, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged people not to ‘let their guard down’.
Public gatherings of 20 will now be allowed under the new rules. Pictured: Residents at Sydney’s Bondi Beach
‘From this Saturday, you will be able to welcome 20 people into your home as well as having gatherings outside with 20 people,’ she said on Thursday.
‘This is based on the health advice, given the data and how well we’ve been doing.
‘And from Saturday also you will be able to attend food courts in a socially distanced way.’
However, Ms Berejiklian warned that people still need to take care when meeting loved ones.
‘Please do not let your guard down and when you are around vulnerable people, how you treat your loved ones and those with underlying illnesses that can be impacted more heavily with the virus.
‘We cannot forget the virus is still amongst us,’ she said.
New South Wales has relaxed more coronavirus restrictions to allow 20 people in a home instead of 10 from Saturday. Pictured: Premier Gladys Berejiklian
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the government’s decision are informed by health advice.
‘NSW has now gone two full weeks without detecting a single case of recent community transmission of COVID-19 – this is a testament to the hard work of the community,’ Mr Hazzard said.
‘The cooperation of the public and business, and our high rates of testing, remain our greatest weapons to stamping out community transmission so it’s vital people continue to come forward.’
Those living in NSW can also finally relax at a massage parlour from Saturday (file image)
It comes after NSW went more than two weeks without a confirmed case of coronavirus.
On Friday there were fears of a ‘probable’ case in Sydney’s Rose Bay Public School.
Health officials are still waiting for test results.
NSW Police have also warned they will fine people up to $1,000 for attending Black Lives Matter rallies on Friday night and Saturday in Sydney.
It comes after a protestor in Melbourne tested positive to coronavirus following last weekend’s marches.
NSW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS EASED
From June 13 a string of restrictions will be eased, these include:
– Food courts reopening. These were previously limited to takeaway and there will be a 50-person limit for each separate seated eating area.
– Tattoo parlours will open with a maximum of ten people inside
– Massage parlours will also open with ten customers
– Gyms will open having a maximum of 100 people inside and classes limited to ten
– Yoga, pilates and dance studios will re-open with ten clients at a time
– Up to 20 people can now gather inside a house as well as outside together
Community sport will start up again from July 1 in NSW
Clubhouse or stadium areas serving food and drink can only house 50 people at a time
Victoria will increase its indoor and outdoor limit from 20 to 50 people, including restaurants and cafes, pubs, outdoor hobbies, community facilities and swimming pools