Parks, Pubs and Pools – What’s changed

By Sheree Gover

NSW has started easing some stay-at-home restrictions from today which means that gatherings of up to ten people outside of homes are allowed, and restaurants and cafes can open with some new rules in place.

This is the first time that NSW residents will be allowed to gather outside for recreational purposes since COVID-19 restrictions were implemented.

10 things you can do today you couldn’t do last Friday

  • Dine in at cafes and restaurants with up to ten people allowed inside at any one time. Support our local restaurants and cafes by having brunch of picking up some lunch from this list of local businesses. 
  • Pubs and clubs can open their restaurants to dine-in customers with a maximum of ten customers at a time and with a strict one customer per four square metres. Bars won’t be open, but you’ll be able to order a drink with your Friday Parma lunch.
  • Better clean the house as you can now have up to five visitors in your home 
  • Enjoy outdoor gatherings of up to ten people. Sydney Olympic Park offers huge wide open areas that you could enjoy this weekend. All public spaces and parklands will reopen from today, with water plays and the Aquatic Centre remaining closed. Cafes and restaurants remain open with new dine-in rules now applying as well as delivery and takeaway options. See a list of restaurants and cafes here. 
  • Exercise has been the mental health break a lot of us have needed during working from home and home-schooling. Outdoor gym equipment will reopen in a staged process from today (with restrictions) and outdoor boot camp sessions of up to ten people can resume. Check out this list of parks with outdoor fitness equipment.
  • Playgrounds will once again have the sounds of children’s squeals as they reopen in a staged process from today. Council officers will first inspect all equipment to ensure play spaces are safe to use. Water Parks will remain closed. Here is a list of the parks and playgrounds across Parramatta.
  • Parramatta has two outdoor pools – Epping and Macarthur Girls High- that will be reopening on Monday 25 May "with restrictions".
  • Weddings can once again be held with up to ten guests and Council will resume bookings for weddings in parks and reserves
  • Funerals with up to 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors is allowed.
  • Church gatherings of up to ten worshippers

With the eased restrictions starting today, standard social-distancing requirements still apply. That means sticking with physical distancing, maintaining four square metres per person indoors, hand and cough hygiene, and frequent cleaning and disinfection.