‘Don’t relax’: Sydney on high alert as zoos, aquariums and salons ready to open

“It is crucial that people don’t relax over the weekends as we go forward,” he said.

The latest industries to be unlocked will be beauty and nail salons that can begin treatments from June 1 under strict COVID-safe guidelines. Zoos, reptile parks and aquariums will also be opened next month.

The government and health authorities were also discussing how gyms and community sport might reopen.

“We are working on it and I as Health Minister am very keen to get the gyms reopened,” Mr Hazzard said.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance urged parents to drive children to school or let them walk or ride their bikes on Monday to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections on public transport.

“Transport is the high-risk area. It’s the area where people can crowd and congregate,” he said.


An overflow carpark and shuttle services will run from Moore Park into the city. Hundreds of transport marshalls will also be out from Monday to manage crowds on public transport starting at Wynyard, Blacktown, Hurstville, Chatswood, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.

Marshalls will direct passengers to form lines at bus stops or limit the number of people entering train platforms. Smart phone apps will also start providing data on crowd levels on transport routes.

Mr Constance said cleaning will continue to be ramped up but people with flu symptoms should stay away from public transport. People were also urged to continue working from home where possible to reduce demand on public transport.

Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott said he was confident it was the right time for schools to open to all students. He asked parents to avoid congregating outside schools.

“It’s not a time for parents to be entering the school and joining in school activities,” he said.

Mr Hazzard said it was important to find the right balance to reopen the economy because it could be years before a vaccination or treatment for COVID-19 is found.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said zoos and wildlife parks are well placed to be able to meet safety standards “and not only provide a great day out for families but jobs for hundreds of staff”.

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