Sydney: restrictions easing, BOM predicts good weather for the weekend

As of Friday, a new round of restrictions will be eased in NSW, and with BOM predicting pretty decent weather for the weekend, it’s time to make some plans.

With only three weekends left in Autumn, BOM has forecasted there’ll be a wet old winter ahead. So visit a mate, go for a swim, and make the most of the (mostly) sunny weather, staying in line with restrictions, of course.

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With even more restrictions lifting and BOM predicting a nice weekend ahead, here are some suggestions of how to make the most of it.

According to BOM, Saturday in Sydney will see a maximum of 20 degrees with a slight (30%) chance of a shower, whilst Sunday will be a tad warmer, sitting at 21 degrees and partly cloudy.

Go for a picnic

As of Friday, five people will be allowed to visit another household and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed.

“For the first time since our lockdown what this means is that you can leave the home for recreational purposes,” Gladys Berejiklian has clarified.

Whilst of course caution should still be exercised, it’s nice to be finally allowed to legally sit in the park with a few mates.

Alternatively, if sitting in the park isn’t your jam, outdoor equipment including gyms and playgrounds are now open again for use. Although people are encouraged to wipe down after use.

Go for a swim

A bunch of beaches around Sydney opened at the end of April for exercises purposes, including swimming, surfing, and jogging (with sunbaking not allowed). Whilst there’s been no word on how the new easing of restrictions will affect beach-going, with more recreational activities now allowed in parks, it seems likely that beach restrictions will also be eased. We may get more clarification on this tomorrow.

Beaches in the Randwick council area that are currently open include Clovelly, Coogee, Maroubra, Gordon’s Bay, Congwong, Little Congwong, Frenchmans Bay, Malabar and Yarra Bay. Whilst beaches open in the Waverley council area include Bondi, Bronte, and Tamarama.

Open beaches in the Woollahra Municipal Council area are Camp Cove, Double Bay Beach, Kutti Beach, Lady Martin’s, Parsley Bay, Seven Shillings Beach, Rose Bay, Murray Rose Pool (Redleaf), and Watson Bay Baths. Whilst beaches open in Sydney Harbour National Park include Shark Beach, Milk Beach and Lady Bay Beach.

Outdoor pools will also be open, with restrictions applied.

Go to a cafe/pub

Cafes and restaurants are set to officially open from tomorrow, as long as they follow social distancing requirements. This includes a limit of 10 customers inside the premises, with a distance of 1.5 metres between all patrons.

The government has also announced that pubs and clubs will now also be allowed to open their dining premises, observing the above restrictions. However, bars and gaming facilities will remain closed. Alcohol can be served along with a meal, or takeaway as normal.

Whilst admittedly, there won’t be much room for inside dining, space permitting it’s a great chance to get out and support your local.

Go for a drive

Whilst holidays in regional NSW are still banned, you’re allowed to go for a drive. Get out of the city and take a drive down the coast. Currently, the Royal National Park closure is slated to end tonight, so there’s a good chance they may be reopening in some form tomorrow, in which case a bushwalk could be a great weekend activity. We’ll keep you updated on that one.