Life To 'Feel More Normal' Within Weeks, But No Restrictions To Ease Before Mother's Day
Coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased across the country on Friday - but NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed nothing will happen in NSW before Mother's Day.
"As we proceed through May and through June, there will be an easing of restrictions and that's something all of us can look forward to," Berejiklian said.
"I suspect by the end of June, life will feel much more normal than it does now and even during May," she added.
"But without wanting to be the bearer of bad news... I doubt NSW will be in a position to implement anything before Mother's Day."
However, Berejiklian said mothers can accept up to two adult visitors at a time at their homes on Sunday.
She added mothers will be allowed to see multiple people in a single day, so long as there are not too many visitors at the one time.
It comes as NSW records three new cases of COVID-19 from more than 10,000 tests, bringing the state's total cases to 3,045.
Two of the state's three cases are staff at embattled aged care centre Newmarch House.
The aged care regulator is now considering stripping the Sydney aged care centre of its license.
Berejiklian said the NSW government welcomed the Newmarch House being "put on notice".
"I think it's a good thing," she said.
However, she would not comment on whether the Deputy Premier John Barilaro should step down after he was accused of travelling 125km to spend the weekend at his farm, despite telling the public not to travel.
The farm is in Dungowan Estate, near Nerriga in southeast NSW, 125km from Canberra, according to The Guardian.
"I won't comment on speculation, I'll wait to hear what happens," she said.
NSW Police will be conducting inquiries on Thursday to assess whether an investigation will be launched into the possible breach of coronavirus restrictions by Barilaro, Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Warboys said.
Barilaro had previously led calls for NSW residents to stay away from regional areas and avoid unnecessary travel.
“My message today is simple, now is not the time to travel from metropolitan areas to regional NSW for a holiday, for meetings, or even to relocate yourselves for a longer period – the safest thing you can do right now is stay in your community,” Barilaro said on 31 March.
NSW cabinet minister Don Harwin resigned in April after breaching coronavirus restrictions and being fined $1,000 for travelling to his holiday home on the state's Central Coast.
At the time, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said no-one was above the law.
Berejiklian also commented it was appropriate for Harwin to resign, despite assuring her he didn't break the rules.
"During this health crisis, my Government has asked the community to make greater sacrifices than all of us have ever had to make before," she said.
"These sacrifices are saving lives, and I am proud of the people of NSW for continuing to uphold the law in the interest of public health."
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