SYDNEY, AAP – Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in NSW by the end of the week.
She was speaking before the weekly NSW crisis cabinet meeting on Wednesday after the state recorded nine straight days with zero local transmission of the virus.
“We’ll be having those discussions and getting the advice today. I’m hoping to make a announcement by the end of the week,” she told ABC TV.
“People will look forward to welcoming more people into their homes and mask policy moving forward.”
She also indicated there would be concessions in the hospitality sector.
However, she indicated that masks would remain mandatory on public transport as the government encouraged workers to return to the office.
“People will feel safer if there’s masks on public transport,” she said.
At the moment masks are compulsory indoors in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong, while just five visitors are allowed in homes and a maximum of 30 people can gather outside.
NSW Health remains concerned about low testing numbers after just 7819 tests were done in the latest 24-hour period.
“Although NSW has had nine days without a diagnosed locally acquired case of COVID-19, the virus may still be circulating in the community and now is not the time to drop our guard,” NSW Health said in a statement on Tuesday.
NSW Health is also urging people in southwest Sydney to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after virus fragments were detected at the Liverpool waste treatment plant.