In a press conference this morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said from Friday May 1, two adults will be able to visit another household. She stressed though, “We trust everybody to do it responsibly. Don’t take risks.”
The decision comes on the back of the NSW Health department recorded five new cases of coronavirus and Bondi beach reopening after it was forced to close due to large crowds gathering.
“We know that for many people, they’ve been cooped up in their homes for a number of weeks, and with the exception of exercising, medical needs or buying what they need to or going to work, many people have been isolated in their homes,” Berejiklian says.
The premier clarified that if you have young children you can take them with you and if you’re visiting a person who over the age of 70, you have to practice strict social distancing. “If you have the mildest sniffle, do not go and visit anybody. If you’re feeling slightly unwell or fatigued, don’t risk it. I’m absolutely confident that people will be responsible, because there’s too much at stake.”
Berejiklian has stated that NSW residents are allowed to travel to visit others, but has stressed "it's not a holiday", and people must consider whose health they might be risking.
She acknowledged that during May we are likely to see a spike of corona cases due to the increased activity but says the NSW health system will be able to cope because “we’ve used this time during April to build up the capacity, get the extra PPE and to make sure that we’re ready.” Cases continue to be diagnosed, with 54 coronavirus cases linked to Newmarch House, an aged care home in Penrith. Eleven residents of the house have died from the disease, with four in the 24 hours to 9am on April 29.
The premier also added the state will introduce a staged approach to bringing back schools, and by mid term all schools will resume on-site learning. The process will begin on May 11 bringing New South Wales in alignment with Queensland.
This story was updated at 9.30am on April 29. Eleven new cases have been diagnosed in NSW since this article was first published, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 3016.