Gymnasiums, yoga, indoor pools and dance studios can reopen within a fortnight and kids’ community sport can resume across NSW from July 1, as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The NSW Nationals in Government want to sincerely thank regional and rural communities for their patience while the Government worked through its COVID-19 recovery plan, which was built around health advice.

“These changes are happening because all of our communities have followed the health advice and played their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said.

“I know there are many people who have been waiting for this news. It is a great morale boost for our communities that we can start getting out again enjoying the activities we love.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Nationals in Government were committed to doing all they could to get as many people back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

“Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times and following a safety plan is key to keeping people safe,” Mr Barilaro said.

“A COVID-19 safety plan will need to be in place but the re-opening of kids’ sporting competitions from July 1 will give groups and local government which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes.

“Sport plays such an important role for communities across NSW, so I am pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume.”

From June 13, the following will be allowed:

  • Fitness, gymnasiums, Pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to 10 people per class and 100 people in an indoor venue;
  • Community centres, including their recreational facilities, can reopen;
  • Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can also reopen with restricted numbers;
  • Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients

The four square metre rule must be applied at all times. Community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from July 1. A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.