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NSW Government Relaxes Some Social Distancing Guidelines For Health Purposes

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NSW Government Relaxes Some Social Distancing Guidelines For Health Purposes

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced social distancing rules will be ever so slightly rolled back on Friday, allowing two people to visit another home.

Groups of two can visit another household for the purpose of providing care, helping reduce social isolation and improve someone's mental health.

That's a very strict stipulation - you can't just head over to your mate's place to sink a couple of tinnies and enjoy yourselves.

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Ms Berejiklian said: "We know many people have been cooped up for a number of weeks.

"We're just saying be responsible. We're not going to dictate what those visits entail. It comes down to a level of social responsibility.

"This isn't a license to go wild and have wild parties."

If we stuff this up then expect authorities to come down on us like a tonne of bricks and we will have rules tightened again.

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There have been just five new cases of coronavirus in the state over the past 24 hours - which is incredible for a state that is leading Australia with the highest number of positive test results.

Ms Berejiklian added that you should still be careful with elderly people and still steer clear of social interactions if you have any symptoms.

"I do want to stress that if you're visiting someone who is over 70 years of age, or someone with a co-morbidity, you have to practice really good social distancing," she said.

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"If you have the mildest sniffle, do not go and visit anybody. If you're feeling slightly unwell or fatigued, don't risk it.

"Similarly, if you're over 70, we still recommend that you keep leaving home to a minimum, but if you do feel that you need to go and visit someone in their home, please make sure that similarly, you ask questions about making sure that everybody is well, making sure that everybody practices good social distancing."

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