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Return to normal

Maureen Chiene and Dave Galwey enjoy a break at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club after a long lockdown, and Ricky Kumar gets a temperature check from a staff member, as clubs and other businesses adjust to a new way of operating under the threat of Covid-19.

PEOPLE are being urged to continue keep their distance from each other as the community and economy slowly emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard says it is vital both businesses and patrons follow health and safety guidelines and urged everyone to act “as if you are infectious”.

“We need to accept life will be different until we have an effective treatment or a vaccine,” he said.
“Everyone should maintain physical distancing and practise good hygiene, and if even the mildest symptoms present such as a sore throat or runny nose, get yourself tested.”
With their three clubs reopening this week, Dooleys CEO David Mantle says “while it is certainly not business as usual, it was lovely to see many familiar and smiling faces walking through our doors”.
Businesses must still comply with the one person per four square metre rule and have CovidSafe plans in place, although restrictions relaxed a little further on Monday, June 1, with travel allowed to regional NSW, and camping grounds and caravan parks permitted to open in time for the June long weekend.
Zoos, aquariums, museums, galleries and libraries can also re-open, while beauty, nail, tanning and waxing salon operators can also see clients again.
Up to 50 patrons per separate seated food and drink area are now allowed in pubs, clubs, casinos, cafes and restaurants, with the same number also able to attend funerals and places of worship.
However weddings remain limited to 20 guests, other gatherings to five visitors in a home or 10 people outside, and gyms will stay closed.
Further details at nsw.gov.au/covid-19.