On 08 May 2020 the Australian government released a three-stage plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

The goal is to reopen Australia by July, though it is up to individual States and Territories to determine how the plan is rolled out in their respective jurisdictions.

In line with the Federal government’s plan, the NSW Premier has announced a further relaxation of the COVID-19 social distancing rules to fire up the economy and allow more personal freedoms.


Effective Friday 15 May, the following will be permitted in NSW:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Dining in cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs (maximum of 10 people at any one time)
  • Up to 5 people (including children) can visit another household
  • Weddings with up to 10 guests
  • Indoor funerals with up to 20 mourners
  • Outdoor funerals with up to 30 mourners
  • Religious gatherings with up to 10 worshippers
  • Use of outdoor equipment and playgrounds “with caution”
  • Use of outdoor pools


Can I have friends over to my house?

Yes, but only a maximum of 5 people can visit. This number includes children.

Despite this, you must continue to maintain social distancing (1.5 metres between the visitors and hosts) and continue to practice good hygiene.


Can I go on a regional holiday?

No. Taking a holiday to a regional area is still not allowed.

You can visit friends or family who live in a regional area, but you cannot stay overnight.


What does the Premier mean when she says to use outdoor equipment “with caution”?

The NSW government recommends taking extra precautions when using outdoor gym equipment and/or playgrounds by sanitising the equipment before you use it.


Have any other changes been announced?

No, not at this stage.

The NSW Premier says she will continue to monitor infection rates, before further easing restrictions.


We will continue to keep you updated with further developments.


This information is current as at 14 May 2020.