Gyms open on June 13, kids' sport back from July 1 as more restrictions ease

Junior sport has been given the green light to return. Photo: file
Junior sport has been given the green light to return. Photo: file

Gymnasiums, indoor pools, dance studios and yoga studios can reopen within a fortnight as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across NSW.

And kids' sport can resume across the state from July 1 under the new easing of restrictions announced today.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro thanked the community for its patience while the government has worked through its COVID-19 recovery plan.

"I'm proud of this state for following the health advice and flattening the curve to such a point, where we can now re-introduce kids' sports and open gyms," Mr Barilaro said.

"Sport and exercise boosts morale and this is exactly what NSW needs right now."

From Saturday, 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.

However, the one person per four square metre rule must be applied at all times.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said COVID-19 safety plans for each activity or sport were critical to enable a statewide restart on July 1 for participants aged 18 and under.

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

"Reopening kids' sporting competitions on 1 July gives groups and local government which manages many of these facilities, time to work through all the new changes."

Acting Sport Minister Geoff Lee said indoor and outdoor community sports for those aged 18 years and under were ready to return from July 1.

"Children and young people will be thrilled they can get together with friends and teammates again and I am sure parents will welcome the news too," Mr Lee said.

"NSW loves sport, and I am so pleased clubs and organisations will now be able to plan their fixtures list for their seasons to resume."

A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.

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