No new local NSW virus cases, rules ease

No new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 have been uncovered in NSW as the state eases virus-related restrictions related to worship, hospitality and outdoor gatherings.

From Friday, 30 people are allowed to gather outdoors, group bookings at hospitality venues have been extended from 10 to 30 people and up to 300 are allowed at places of worship.

Staffing regulations at gyms have also been relaxed, with a safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.

The eased restrictions come into force as NSW records no new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with seven cases in travellers in hotel quarantine.

The confirmed cases came from 13,686 tests.

NSW Health in a statement on Friday again pleaded for the state’s residents to keep coming forward for testing if they experience even mild respiratory symptoms.

“COVID-19 is still likely circulating in the community and we must all be vigilant,” NSW Health said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday urged more people to wear masks on public transport and indicated more people could use the service if this happened.  

“If we see mask-wearing goes back up, we can increase the number of people who can use public transport,” she told reporters.

“We desperately need it to go back up.”

A coronavirus alert was this week issued for anyone who attended the Bathurst 1000 motor race last weekend after traces of the virus were found in the city’s sewage.

NSW Health urged anyone in Bathurst to get tested even if they had mild symptoms and to remain in isolation until test results came back.

It also wants people in southeast Sydney to watch for symptoms after a person who was in the area on October 15 tested positive.

Several venues have now been identified as places of potential exposure including Souths Juniors Club at Kingsford, Century 21 Dixon Real Estate, in Kingsford and The Shed Cafe at Royal Randwick Shopping Centre.

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