COVID-19 cases surpass tip 5.8 million worldwide, Australian death toll at 103
Cr Moore said an unexpected benefit of the past two months had been the level of decency shown by the average person to those around them.
“Communities are showing each other real kindness,” she said.
“People are showing appreciation of the doctors, nurses and frontline workers keeping us safe through this crisis, as well as the carers looking after our elderly, teachers continuing to look after children and the City staff picking up rubbish and cleaning streets.
“I hope that the pandemic makes us better communicators, more respectful of each other and appreciative of what we have, and more supportive of the most vulnerable in our community.”
Monday marks the start of a new stage of freedom for most of Sydney’s businesses. No new cases were recorded in its home state on Saturday for the first time in more than two weeks.
While general rules about gatherings at homes or public spaces remain the same (five and 10 people maximum, respectively), restaurants, pubs and cafes will be allowed to host 50 patrons – although they can only take group bookings of a maximum of 10 people.
The maximum occupancy at weddings has doubled from 10 to 20, and 50 people will be allowed to gather at funerals and religious services. Previously, only 10 were allowed at church services and either 20 or 30 at funerals, depending on whether they were inside or outside.
While hairdressers and barbers could keep operating during the lockdown, beauty, waxing, tanning and nail salons can also start back up.
Prince Alfred Park Pool and Victoria Park pool will reopen to lap swimming on Monday, restricted to one person per lane. The City of Sydney has implemented a booking system, with priority access to vulnerable members of the community.