NSW announces new restrictions on funerals and places of worship

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a further tightening of restrictions on funerals and places of worship next Friday, limiting gatherings to 100 people.

“This is to give us every opportunity to keep New South Wales as open as possible,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Every opportunity for New South Wales to keep moving forward, but we say this in the context that we have to be flexible, we have to appreciate once this disease gets into the community it moves very, very quickly and in ways in which we can‘t always predict.

“What we need to do in New South Wales is minimise the risk of those activities which we know super spread the virus, those activities indoors which we know act as a catalyst.”

COVID-19 Update – Friday 17th July

Posted by NSW Health on Thursday, 16 July 2020

Weddings and corporate events will also be limited to 150 people, and “high risk activities” such as choirs and dancing must not occur.

“All indoor hospitality venues” will become limited to bookings of no more than 10 per group. The four-square metre rule will still apply to venues, and the smaller number, whether it is by space or by limit, will apply to each venue.

Ms Berejiklian said there would be no changes today to the amount of people allowed in your home, but she flagged the state’s Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant, was advising it be reduced to 10 shortly.

“If you have a smaller space, you might only be allowed to have 20 people in your space,” she said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the changes would come into place on July 24, giving businesses a week to prepare.

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