Sydney lockdown lifting: From Friday, people will be able to gather in groups of ten outside and up to five inside.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW will begin carefully easing Covid-19 restrictions in coming days.

“We have to keep our vigilance every time you leave the house,” Ms Berejiklian said. “You have to assume you have the virus or somebody you’re going into contact with has the virus.”

Weddings and funerals can have more people attend – 10 can attend a wedding, while 20 people can go to an indoor funeral and 30 can attend an outdoor one.

 Berejiklian said there will be more outbreaks but the state was prepared.

“What we’ve done in New South Wales is to make sure that if and when that occurs that we have the ability to isolate those cases and deal with them,” she said.

“The second any of us get too complacent means the virus will start winning again,” she said.

She also pointed out that NSW is not adopting all of the measures in the federal government’s stage-1 phase of the roadmap to recovery.

“In some ways we’re moving a bit more slowly especially when it comes to regional tourism,” she said. “Everybody still cannot take a holiday in NSW.”

Cafes and restaurants will also be able to host up to 10 people at a time.

Small operators will be unable to have 10 customers at a time if it compromises the four-metre distancing rule.

Venues will also be able to host multiple sittings if proper cleaning is done in between.

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds will open, as will outdoor pools, with restrictions.

Berejiklian said regional travel would not yet be permitted.

“I also want to stress that unlike other states, NSW is not yet ready to have recreational holidays and regional communities,” she said.

“We’re not ready to ease restrictions as much as other states have. 

“But what we will do is assure the community that so long as we keep working together, so long as we keep working hard, that we can continue to move forward.”

Schools will start a staggered return from tomorrow and Ms Berejiklian said it was “absolutely safe” to do so.

“Our strong recommendation is that face-to-face teaching needs to start. We want to get to full-time, face-to-face teaching as soon as we can.

“The best health advice is that schools are a safe environment.”

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