A number of COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in the greater Sydney area from Friday as authorities admit the virus may have been cleared in NSW after several summer clusters

Although the status is 10 consecutive days with no coronavirus transmission by the community, masks remain mandatory in some settings

From 12 on 29 January at 1:00 am, people in Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and the Central Coast can:

There will be no upper limit to the number of people who are allowed in restaurants and places of worship as long as the people adhere to the four-square-meter rule

Masks are also “recommended” in retail stores such as supermarkets and malls, but remain mandatory for:

Kerry Chant, NSW’s chief health officer, admitted that COVID-19 may already have been eliminated in the state

“It may be in two weeks that we look back and say, ‘Well, actually we probably had at that point'”

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said if the number of cases stayed at zero or very low, restrictions on restaurants and places of worship would be eased in two weeks

At this point, the Prime Minister said she expected all businesses to move from the four-square-meter rule to the two-square-meter rule

“While we had two 14-day non-community transmission cycles on the northern beaches, we went through a no community transmission cycle in the southwest and west of Sydney,” she said

“The other cycle will be completed in about two weeks After that time, we can make sure we’ve ticked all the health boxes and go back to two square meters “

Contact tracers have still not been able to link an outbreak of a family of six in West Sydney to the Berala Cluster, but investigations are ongoing

Ms. Berejiklian warned company authorities to step up compliance audits if this further relaxation takes place

“Do we need to increase the fines to make sure companies are as vigilant as ever? Because our strategy only works if people do the right thing,” she said

“We have the most robust quarantine system in Australia, but we know there is no perfect system and there is a risk of an outbreak

“We need to make sure that in this case we do not create an overarching event by having all the measures in place”

Health Secretary Brad Hazzard said complacency has crept in over the past few weeks and test rates are “inadequate”

He also issued a warning for weddings – which will be able to triple their guest numbers from Friday – and noted recent reports of illegal behavior

“When you actually choose to ignore the rules and put your fellow attendees at risk at the wedding that is closed and totally inappropriate,” he said

Virus fragments are continuously being detected at sewage treatment plants across Sydney, including the Liverpool plant in the past 24 hours

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