NSW gyms may reopen in next ‘month or so’

With up to 50 people to be allowed in restaurants, pubs and cafes as NSW eases more COVID-19 restrictions, the state’s deputy premier has flagged gyms and beauticians could also re-open for business in the next month or so.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday announced the “big and critical” step from June 1, but said strict rules would be in place for venues.

Venues will still have to allow at least four square metres of space per person.


Additionally, bookings of more than 10 will be banned, and patrons won’t be allowed to stand.

Currently, dining venues can only have a maximum of 10 patrons if they maintain social distancing. That includes alcohol table service with meals at NSW pubs and clubs.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro says gyms, yoga studios, and beauticians could also be back in business in the coming month or so.

When asked for a timeline of when gyms would be able to reopen, Mr Barilaro said the government was “working on that plan as we speak”.

“(It’s) no different to yoga studios, a whole range of other areas, beauticians, you name it, we’re still working with all of those, but when we’re not talking September,” he told 2GB Radio on Friday.

“We’re looking at all these restrictions coming off over the next month or so.

“I’m confident if (the) industry plan is right, we’ll be able to make announcements around that.”

ClubsNSW on Friday confirmed the state’s clubs will reopen on June 1.

The increase in patronage aligns with the easing of regional travel restrictions across the state and the opening of museums, galleries and libraries from June 1.

In a statement, Australian Hotels Association NSW chief executive John Whelan said 94 per cent of the hotels’ workforce had been stood down or sacked – but from June 1 the industry could start re-employing staff.

The Tourism and Transport Forum said Friday’s announcement sends a message that the state was once again open for business.

NSW on Friday reported its 50th COVID-19 death after an 80-year-old woman died in Concord Hospital. Her death brings the national toll to 101.

The state had three new coronavirus cases from more than 8600 tests.

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