After 24 consecutive days of zero community transmission of Covid-19, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced some restrictions will be eased on February 12.

From 12.01am Friday, indoor and outdoor venues – apart from gyms – will once again be allowed one person per two square metres. Weddings and funerals will still need to adhere to a 300-person capacity limit. And masks will only be mandatory on public transport – though they are still recommended in indoor settings where social distancing can’t be maintained.

“We want to continue to give the community and businesses the confidence to move forward, especially with the expansion of the two-square-metres rule, which will allow most venues to double their capacity,” Berejiklian said in a statement.

“However, as we ease restrictions it is important we don’t let our guard down – the community needs to continue to play their role in being Covid safe and coming forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms.”

The four-square-metre rule was reintroduced before Christmas, as the northern beaches cluster grew. Mandatory mask use in some indoor settings was implemented in early January, as the virus continued to spread to western Sydney.