Australian NSW state relaxes COVID-19 restrictions and allows social visits

Apr 28, 2020

By SBS en Español

New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that her state will begin to reduce restrictions on the coronavirus starting this Friday, after more than a month of strict social distancing.

Starting Friday, two adults will be able to visit a home other than theirs, as the state begins to ease restrictions on social distancing.

"We know that many people have been locked up in their homes for several weeks, and have only come out for exercise, or for medical needs or to buy what they need or to go to work. Many people have been isolated in their homes," he said Tuesday. to journalists in Sydney.


  • Starting Friday, two adults will be allowed to visit another home, and these meetings can be held with children.
  • Physical distance protocols must be respected, especially with older people.
  • NSW recorded five more cases of COVID-19 and one death.

Berijiklian explained that as of Friday, May 1, "two adults can go visit anyone else, and I have used the word 'adults' to obviously say that if you have young children, it is okay to take them with you."

Berejiklian stressed that the inhabitants of NSW must maintain social distancing protocols, especially when they visit people over the age of 70 or those who have health problems that make them vulnerable.

The premier emphasized that those who have symptoms of the "mildest cold" should stay home.

One death, five new cases

The NSW authorities registered five new cases of COVID-19, which were detected among the 4,112 tests that were carried out until this morning.

A new death has also been registered. This is a person from the Newmarch House nursing home in western Sydney.

It is the seventh fatality of this home for the elderly.

The victim died Monday night after contracting a coronavirus, bringing the death toll in New South Wales to 37 and the national total to 84.

"This coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in scale and impact worldwide. But more importantly, we know what a devastating effect it is having on older people," said Anglicare CEO Grant Millard in a statement.

The coronavirus arrived at the Caddens facilities through an elderly care worker who, being infected, carried out his work for six consecutive days while suffering from very slight respiratory symptoms.

Sydney's eastern beaches reopen with conditions, northern beaches remain closed 

Meanwhile, Bondi Beach has been reopened for swimming and surfing, but the sandy area will remain closed as this suburb has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Australia.

Only Waverley residents will be able to surf or swim between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, with access to water through designated entry and exit points.

All Randwick beaches will reopen from Tuesday with no time restrictions while those of Dee Why, Freshwater and Manly, in the north of Sydney, will remain closed.

Australians must stay at least 1.5 meters away from each other and meetings are limited to two people, unless they are with their family or at home.

If you think you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (do not visit) or contact the national coronavirus health information hotline at 1800 020 080. If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing a medical emergency , call 000.

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