NSW Premier Gladys Berijilkian says lockdown laws will be eased this coming Friday. Following Queensland’s lead, the new laws will allow two people to visit the homes of their friends and family.
In the address, the Premier pointed out the risks of easing restrictions but is “absolutely confident that people will be responsible.”
As an expression of gratitude for complying with isolation measures, the NSW government says two people are allowed to visit another household.
This Friday, May 1st, groups of two adults are able to visit the homes of friends and family. Young children are permitted to tag along with a parent or guardian.
“Don’t take risks — we don’t want to see the numbers suddenly spike up because people are being irresponsible,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“If you have the mildest sniffle, do not go and visit anybody [or] if you’re feeling slightly unwell or fatigued, don’t risk it.”
The Premier is prepared for cases to rise as restrictions are pulled back and kids return to school. She stresses that health experts are amply equipped if this is the outcome.
According to the national COVID-19 Monitor survey, conducted in collaboration with the ABC, 70% of NSW residents approve of Ms Berijiklian’s leadership, while 15% are in disapproval and the rest remain undecided.
Yesterday, 4000 people in the state were tested for the virus and only five new cases were recorded. This is a vast improvement from mid-March when NSW was recording up to 200 new cases daily. The state government aims to reach 8,000 tests per day.
The state government hasn’t implemented any specific restrictions on visits, but urges against going wild and having “massive parties.”
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