COVID-19 restrictions easing

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There were 12,203 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 14,663.  

As there has been no further transmission detected in relation to the two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported last week, the temporary COVID-safe measures in place for the Greater Sydney area will not be extended beyond 12:01am on Monday 17 May.

This means limits will be removed on the number of guests allowed to visit private households. Drinking while standing at indoor venues, group singing indoors, and dancing at nightclubs will again be allowed.

Masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport or for customer-facing staff in hospitality venues, however NSW Health continues to strongly encourage their use on public transport and in other settings where physical distancing is not possible.

Despite extensive, ongoing investigations into the source of the two cases in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, NSW Health has not yet identified how the initial case was exposed to the virus.

As these two cases have shown, COVID-19 may re-emerge at any time, so it is important that we all continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe. This includes always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID 19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

NSW Health reminds people arriving in NSW from the Greater Melbourne area that they must complete a declaration form that confirms they have not attended a venue of concern, following the identification of a COVID-19 case in the Greater Melbourne community on Tuesday 11 May. These declaration forms are available on the Service NSW website.

All travellers who have arrived from the Greater Melbourne area since Thursday 6 May must check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly and follow the relevant public health advice. If you have attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic, visit: COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.