New South Wales has recorded just four new cases of covid19 overnight. This marks the fifth day in a row NSW has not reported a single locally acquired case of COVID-19.
A total of 55 people have died from the virus in the state and just three remain in ICU.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said after today’s numbers, she would consider easing hospitality restrictions if health authorities permitted it.
She said the hospitality industry had done a good job of adapting to restrictions on group bookings and venue capacity by introducing additional, shorter seatings and changing operations.
“We have to be very open to the idea that every time we ease restrictions, we want it to be in place until there’s a vaccine,” she said.
“We don’t want to go backwards because the most important thing for businesses is knowing that they can keep their staff, keep their operations and they can push their innovation.”
NSW will also look to ease further restrictions in coming days.
From tomorrow, public venues including sporting arenas and music halls will increase their capacity – in time for the October long weekend.
Berejiklian has said she would love for NSW to be the first Australian state to take New Zealand up on their trans-Tasman travel bubble offer.
“I’d be happy to be the first state that welcomes Kiwis,” she told Today.
“NSW is saying this to every part of Australia, except for Victoria, and understandably, to WA, to Queensland, South Australia, ‘you are welcome to NSW’.
Yesterday, NSW recorded just two new cases, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine.