Lifting of restrictions on food courts and small gatherings welcomed

Westfield Tuggerah’s dining precinct welcomed back small crowds Photo: Westfield Tuggerah

Central Coast residents have enjoyed even more freedom last weekend, after the NSW Government’s latest lot of easing of COVID-19 restrictions came into effect on June 13.

The changes lifted the number of people allowed to make house visits up from five to 20 and the number of people allowed to gather outdoors up from 10 to 20.

The easing of restrictions was also welcomed by shopping centres around the Coast, with food courts allowed to resume trading.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the easing of restrictions was good news for the region.

“The Central Coast community has been diligent in observing safe practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is another step towards getting back to our normal routines in a safe way,” Crouch said.

Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said that these changes are another step towards seeing NSW reopen in a COVID-safe way.

“NSW acted quickly to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and I am determined for us to move as quickly as possible out of them,” Berejiklian said.

“We have been a world leader in dealing with COVID-19 and I want us to be an example on how to reopen an economy in a COVID-safe way.

“We will shortly have more to say on easing further restrictions across the state from July 1, which will keep as many people in jobs as possible,” she added.

Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said every decision that the NSW Government is making in relation to easing restrictions is informed by health advice.

“NSW has now gone two full weeks without detecting a single case of recent community transmission of COVID-19, this is a testament to the hard work of the community,” Hazzard said.

“The cooperation of the public and business, and our high rates of testing, remain our greatest weapons to stamping out community transmission, so it’s vital that people continue to come forward,” he said.

Press release, Jun 11
Denice Barnes, Office of Adam Crouch MP