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NSW residents urged to have Christmas out, not at home

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the easing of several COVID-19 restrictions this morning, after no new cases of community transmissions overnight.

A group booking of up to 30 people will be allowed in restaurants, instead of the previous restriction of 20.

The number of guests allowed at weddings will also be raised to 300 from December 1.

Ms Berejiklian is also asking people to consider going out for Christmas events because it’s safer than meeting at home.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (Nine)

“The health experts agree and have given us advice that it would actually be safer to go to a restaurant or a hotel or somewhere which is COVID-safe to have your Christmas lunch rather than indoors in a confined space,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Premier said the easing of restrictions did not allow groups to stand and mingle at indoor events.

“We are not at the point yet where we can allow mingling,” she said.

The four-square-metre rule for indoor venues and the two-square-metre rule for outdoor venues remained in place, Ms Berejiklian said.

People having a drink on the roof top bar of the Glenmore in the Rocks. The government is targeting The Rocks and Darling Harbour first in trying to loosen up outdoor hospitality regulations. (Edwina Pickles / SMH)

Ms Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions was good news but it was important that people remained maintained COVID safety guidelines.

“We never want to be in a position where we have to go backwards,” she said.

There were four new coronavirus cases in hotel quarantine in the state overnight, with just under 7000 people tested over the past 24-hours.

NSW Chief Health officer Dr Kerry Chant said she fears there may be “undetected” transmission chains, and called on people to be tested even if they have minimal symptoms, especially in western and south west Sydney.

Source: 9News | News Colony

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