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Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell. Photo: Richard Dobson

COVID-19: NSW to relax school, sport restrictions

The NSW Government will relax restrictions around weddings, school and community sport after the state announced its third day without community transmission of coronavirus.

Only one case was diagnosed up to 8pm on Wednesday – a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

As a result of consistently declining numbers, premier Gladys Berejiklian announced restrictions could begin to slowly relax.

Dancing will be allowed again at weddings, though only for 20 members of the bridal party.

Berejiklian was quick to clarify this would not be 20 people at a time, but 20 predetermined people in total, with other guests still not allowed to dance.

Spectators will be able to return to community sport games from this weekend provided social distancing is in place and COVID-safe rules are followed at the grounds.

Restrictions around school sport and extra-curricular activities will relax when term 4 begins, with inter-school and zone sporting competitions set to resume.

“We will be returning to school sport as it existed before the pandemic,” Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said.

“The only restriction that will remain is that we will not be able to have parents on school sites for school sports during a school day.

“But of course if school activities are taking place at community sport venues, they will be able to attend and follow the COVID-safe guidelines of those particular venues.”

School and community choirs will be able to resume, limited to groups of five socially distanced singers, and music ensembles will also return for an unlimited number of students, though social distancing will need to be in place.

Parents will once again be welcomed back onto school grounds if they are there to help with an educational program such as a reading group or a garden program.

Year 6 formals will be able to take place in term 4, high school formals will be permitted from November 12 and presentation days are expected to be able to be held at the end of the school year.

Kindergarten orientation, Year 7 transition programs, excursions and camps can resume immediately, with strict guidelines.

There was one other case of coronavirus diagnosed on Wednesday, though the test was not returned until after 8pm on Wednesday, meaning it will be counted in Friday’s numbers.

The patient is a man in his 50s living in a supported care facility with two other people. He has underlying health conditions and is in ICU at Campbelltown Hospital.

His housemates have been tested for the virus and their results are expected to be returned later on Thursday. Staff working at the facility have been contacted and will isolate if they are determined to be a close contact of the man.

The source of the infection remains under investigation.

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