Regional NSW Travel to Recommence June 1

NSW residents will be able to head to the states regions for holidays in less than a fortnight under a relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on May 20 announced recreational regional travel within the state will be allowed again from June 1.

Under current NSW public health orders, regional travel for holidays is banned.

The premier said social distancing will still be required and urged residents to plan ahead.

“It will be different to a holiday you have taken before,” she told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“Nothing we do is the same during a pandemic.”

Berejiklian added that NSW will be open for people from other states, saying thats “best for NSW and Australia”.

Queensland has flagged border closures with southern states could remain until at least September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting despair from tourism groups.

It comes as NSW on Wednesday recorded four new COVID-19 cases from more than 7000 tests, with three people in intensive care. The new cases involve returned travellers who were placed in quarantine in hotels.

Berejiklian also announced libraries, art galleries, and museums will reopen on June 1.

She said there will be set times for the states most vulnerable to visit, and people will be required to leave a record of their visit so authorities can follow up if there is an infection linked to the facility.

The premier also flagged the number of people allowed in restaurants and cafes could also be doubled to 20 within the next month.

“Thats definitely on the cards,” she told the Nine Network.

NSW Health on Wednesday confirmed the state recorded its 49th COVID-19 death, a 93-year-old female resident at Sydneys Newmarch House nursing home.

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