People will be able to take a holiday anywhere across the state from June, re-opening regional communities to tourism.
Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said while regional NSW will welcome visitors with open arms, holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues and attractions to ensure they will be open and confirm their bookings before travelling, and maintain social distancing and good hygiene.
“COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for regional NSW, with towns already doing it tough due to bushfires and drought and so I encourage everyone to make plans to safely and responsibly visit their favourite regional holiday destination or discover a new one,” Mr Barilaro said.
“I encourage holidaymakers to visit local businesses, enjoy local attractions and feast on the best food regional NSW has to offer, and for those not able to get away in June, to start making plans for later in the year when even more businesses will be open.
“I’m very pleased to share that this means we will have a ski season this year, however, holidaymakers should be aware that ski resorts will likely need time to put COVID-19 plans into place and you should make contact before visiting.”
Lifting the holiday travel restrictions will give everyone a much-needed break and help get small businesses and the tourism industry moving again.
However, while we want people to enjoy a well-earned holiday, people must do so responsibly and continue to abide by physical distancing measures, as the last thing anyone wants is further outbreaks that will force authorities to reintroduce restrictions.
Venues are also encouraged to review their booking policies to allow travellers to easily cancel their trip if they have any symptoms.
A number of caravan parks and camping grounds will be open from June 1, but travellers should call ahead and confirm bookings, while travellers planning to visit national parks should check www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au for further information. Travellers need to especially practice strong hygiene around shared facilities.
Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW for a holiday from June 1 but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.