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“Fantastic, good news and I hope that means a lot of families that were hoping to get together over Christmas and New Year’s and couldn’t, can reunite now,” Ms Berejiklian told Ben Fordham Live this morning.
Ms Berejiklian said she also hoped states won’t close borders to all of NSW in the future if one or two hotspots emerge again.
“I don’t think it should mean the whole state is punished … we’ve got a very sound quarantine system around Australia but within our own country, we should be allowed to move around freely,” Ms Berejiklian said.
She also said she expects restrictions will be eased even further in another fortnight if no new locally acquired cases are recorded.
Up to 30 guests will be allowed in homes and 50 people will be allowed to gather outside from midnight. Masks will also no longer be mandatory for shoppers, but will still be required for hospitality workers and on public transport.
“We’re encouraging people to go back to work, that’s why we’re keeping masks on public transport … so they have that level of safety and confidence to go back to the workplace,” Ms Berejiklian said.
She said health experts have advised her to wait two fortnights after the last recorded local case before easing restrictions further.
Once that is achieved, Ms Berejiklian said the government plans to reduce social distancing in businesses from four square metres per person to two square metres.
“At the moment, it’s too risky to say, ‘let everything be eased’, and then if we have a superspreading event, we’ll be back to where we were before Christmas,” she said.
However, she said the outlook for further easing of restrictions “is great”.