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Countdown to freedom in Sydney: ZERO new coronavirus cases are found yet again as restrictions ease

Countdown to freedom in Sydney as ZERO new coronavirus cases are found yet again – with a much-hated restriction set to end within hours

  • String of coronavirus restrictions in NSW will be lifted from 12.01am Monday
  • Wearing of masks no longer compulsory on public transport and indoor settings
  • Drinking while standing, dancing and groups singing indoors is back on

No new locally-acquired coronavirus cases have been reported in New South Wales for the eighth consecutive day, with restrictions for millions in Sydney set to ease at midnight.  

The wearing of masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport and indoor public settings or for staff in hospitality venues while private gatherings at home will no longer be restricted to 20 people indoors.

Drinking while standing at indoor venues, group singing indoors, and dancing at nightclubs will again be allowed from 12.01am Monday.

More than 12,200 tests were conducted on Saturday with three overseas-acquired cases recorded in hotel quarantine.

Masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport NSW from 11.59pm Sunday. Pictured is a commuter at Sydney’s Central Station on May 6.

NSW Health continues to strongly encourage the wearing of masks on public transport and in other settings where physical distancing is not possible. 

It’s still not known a man in his 50s dubbed ‘BBQ Man’ who passed the virus onto his wife and put thousands of Sydneysiders at risk became infected.

‘Despite extensive, ongoing investigations into the source of the two eastern suburbs cases, NSW Health has not yet identified how the initial case was exposed to the virus,’ the department states.

‘ As these two cases have shown, COVID-19 may re-emerge at any time, so it is important that we all continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe.’

Residents are urged to continue scanning QR codes to check in to and out of venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID 19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

More to follow.