Swimming pools across New South Wales will reopen, and the majority of restrictions in Sydney's local government areas (LGAs) “of concern” will soon be lifted, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning.

From Monday September 27, outdoor public swimming pools will be permitted to reopen with strict Covid-safe measures. During lockdown, people have been allowed to swim in “natural swimming pools” – such as harbour and ocean pools – and beaches. The change will give those who live further inland the opportunity to swim for the first time in three months.

And in huge news, tougher lockdown restrictions for LGAs “of concern” will be scrapped from tomorrow, bringing them into line with the rest of the city.

“They have led the way in our vaccination rates, they have shown us the way, and what it means to be resilient and strong,” Berejiklian said of residents in those areas of concern. “I can only imagine what it meant for families, and what it has meant for households to have to endure those restrictions for such a long period of time.”

People in those areas will be allowed unlimited outdoor recreation time within five kilometres of their homes. And up to five fully vaccinated people will be able to have a picnic. Finally, a person's single “bubble buddy” can, from tomorrow, live anywhere in Greater Sydney, rather than within five kilometres.

The news comes as the state recorded 1083 cases and 13 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.