New South Wales finds ZERO new coronavirus community cases as restrictions are eased across the state
New South Wales has recorded zero new locally transmitted coronaviruscases as restrictions are eased across the state.
There wereseven new cases in the state on Friday, all of which are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health is treating 80 coronavirus cases, with no patients in intensive care. The majority of cases being treated by NSW Health are in non-acute, out-of-hospital care.
The figures come as the state allows for larger social gatherings, extended gym hours and more people at places of worship.
From Friday, the outdoor gathering cap will be increased from 20 to 30, while group bookings at hospitality venues will increase.
Previously, bookings could be for a maximum of ten people, but that will now extend to 30.
Up to 300 people will also be allowed to attend places of worship and staffing at gyms will be relaxed, with a safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.
From December, the permissible number of guests at weddings will be lifted to 300 people, provided they are seated - with dancing still not allowed.
Corporate events will also be allowed to have up to 300 people in any setting. These limits remain subject to COVID-safe practices.
But Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged more people to wear masks on public transport and indicated more people could use the service if this happened.
'If we see mask-wearing goes back up, we can increase the number of people who can use public transport,' she told reporters on Thursday.
'We desperately need it to go back up.'
There were 13,686 tests completed in the 24-hour period up to 8pm on Thursday, still thousands short of the premier's preferred 20,000 per day.
The low locally transmitted figures come despite a testing blitz inBathurst.
Residents were urged to get tested after traces of coronavirus were detected in the town's sewage, just one day after thousands descended upon the regional city for the Bathurst 1000.