NSW Restrictions Have Eased: Here's An Easy Breakdown Of All The Things You Can & Can’t Do From Today
There’s been a lot of chopping and changing of the coronavirus lockdown rules in NSW – and every state has a different approach, too – so it’s entirely understandable if your head's spinning.
We decided to do you a solid and answer all your questions about the current restrictions in the state. Here's your handy all-in-one guide to what you can and can't get up to in NSW from today onwards.
Can I have people over in NSW?
Yep, up to five people of any age can visit another household in NSW now – up from the previously allowed two adults and their kids.
So, if you’ve been dying to show off your new cooking chops, now’s the time.
Can I go to pubs and restaurants in NSW?
Yep, those in NSW will be allowed to sit in and eat their meal from a restaurant or café. Before today, only takeaway stuff had been allowed. Eateries attached to pubs and clubs are also allowed to reopen; so you can have a bevvy with your schnitty too.
But like with all the new rules, there’s some fine print. The venues will only be allowed to have 10 people in there at a time, not including staff, and you’ll need to maintain a 4-square-metre distance around those not in your party.
Oh, and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is suggesting people book beforehand so you’re not queuing up outside close to others.
Can I finally get that drink at a bar in NSW?
Sort of. Having a few beers with your friends at the pub without food is still not allowed, but if you’re dining at a venue that has drinks, you can get them under table-service.
Plus, like before, you can also get takeaway beers and cocktails.
Can I work out outside in NSW now?
Yep. You’ve always been allowed to go for a walk, run or do outdoor exercise with one other person, but now you can do those things with nine other people. Under these new rules, it’s likely that many outdoor bootcamps will start back up again.
Public gyms and outdoor pools will also reopen. Indoor gyms and fitness studios, however, will stay shut for now.
Can I travel around NSW?
This one’s confusing because the rules have been varying in different states. But in NSW, as of today: no, you still can’t travel for leisure. Though, in saying that, there’s no limit on how far you can travel to visit another household. As long as you’re staying within the state and only travelling with four other people. Essentially, no regional holidays still, guys.
Still have questions? Here's that top-line info again, straight from the horse's (NSW Govt's) mouth:
As of today (14/5) in NSW, you're allowed to:
- Have five visitors to your home
- Engage in outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
- Dine at cafes and restaurants (and now at those eateries attached to pubs and clubs) for up to 10 at a time
- Up to 10 wedding guests, 20 funeral guests indoors (30 outdoors)
- Up to 10 people can attend religious gatherings at places of worship
- Head to your local outdoor gym and playground, and outdoor pool (with restrictions)
Keep in mind that all these activities are allowed under the understanding that we will all continue to keep up social distancing and good hygiene – this'll be part of our 'new normal' (the govt's fave phrase) for the forseeable future.
Enjoy these eased restrictions, but do so responsibly, guys.
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