Gyms, fitness centres and dance studios across New South Wales will reopen in less than two weeks while junior community sport will also make a long-awaited return next month.
It comes as New South Wales recorded six new COVID-19 cases overnight, all involving returned travellers.
From June 13, gyms and fitness centres will be able to open with a maximum of 100 people per venue and 10 people per class.
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Indoor swimming pools and saunas will also be allowed to reopen with some restrictions.
Tattoo parlours and massage parlours have also been given the green light, with a maximum of ten customers at a time.
Restrictions on community sport are also being lifted, starting with those 18 years and under from July 1.
New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the latest easing of restrictions is timely.
“Today’s announcement is a lifting of further restrictions in step with what we’ve done previously,” Mr Barilaro said
“We’ve just opened up the regions, made the changes to pubs, clubs and hotels, cafes and restaurants, but it is important for us to continue the strong message of social distancing, the four square metre rule will apply and that is all important and for us it’s again making sure we do this in a measured way.”
New South Wales Sports Minister Geoff Lee says the return of community sport is a great step forward.
“Sport is in the DNA of everyone in Australia, New South Wales especially loves sport. “It’s so important not only for the mental wellbeing but for their physical fitness,” Mr Lee said.
“Can I say to all the sporting clubs out there, can I say book in your facilities with the council, activate your volunteers, and excite the kids to return one July 1.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the lack of community transmission has given them the chance to take these further steps.
“That has allowed us to walk very steadily and carefully to open up more opportunities for the community to enjoy,” Mr Hazzard said
“Gymnasiums, particularly, have been, I think, just behind beauty parlours in terms of demand to try and get back in there.
“There’s a lot of people desperate to get back in there and as the Deputy Premier said, he and I are just desperate to get back into the gymnasiums.”