Covid-19 Australia: Face masks discarded in NSW gyms

Gym attendees are no longer required to wear face masks while training at indoor venues in New South Wales.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard made several changes to the face mask mandate on Thursday.

Face masks no longer need to be worn while a person is lifting weights, exercising on cardio machines, or participating in gym and dance classes.

They should still be worn when a person is not exercising – including in the locker room and reception areas.

Gym attendees no longer need to wear face masks while training at indoor venues in New South Wales

Face masks no longer need to be worn while a person is lifting weights, exercising on cardio machines, or participating in gym and dance classes

Face masks no longer need to be worn while a person is lifting weights, exercising on cardio machines, or participating in gym and dance classes

The changes come after athletes complained that face masks made it difficult to breathe during a workout.

Covid-19 restrictions mean gyms can serve only one person per four square meters and allow up to 20 participants in a class.

NSW is bracing for another spike in COVID-19 cases, nearly two weeks after stay-at-home orders were lifted across the state.

The number of new cases diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday rose by 89, after three days of numbers below 300.

About 372 new local COVID cases and one death were reported.

Health authorities expect the number of cases to increase seriously from next week – two weeks after the first freedoms came in, and a week after the second phase of the lockdown roadmap allowed for significantly more social interactions.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said on Wednesday the numbers were still well below expectations.

“There will be more and more people, there will be more hospitalizations,” he said.

“And that’s why I say to everyone in the state when we open, please follow the rules that apply, because those rules aren’t there for the sake of it.”

But authorities hope the high vaccination coverage will quell the rapid spread of the virus — or at least limit hospitalizations.

Covid-19 restrictions mean gyms can serve only one person per four square meters and allow up to 20 participants in a class

Covid-19 restrictions mean gyms can serve only one person per four square meters and allow up to 20 participants in a class

NSW is bracing for another spike in COVID-19 cases, nearly two weeks after home orders were lifted statewide (pictured, a Sydneysider stocking up on fresh produce in Bankstown on Wednesday)

NSW is bracing for another spike in COVID-19 cases, nearly two weeks after home orders were lifted statewide (pictured, a Sydneysider stocking up on fresh produce in Bankstown on Wednesday)

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned earlier this week that the projected increase in cases was yet to come, saying her sights were on having at least 95 percent of the state vaccinated.

“There are a lot of uncertainties about what the case numbers will do,” said Dr Chant.

‘Next week I am very curious what our figures are.’

NSW Health said Thursday evening that people entering NSW from Victoria will remain subject to public health regulations until Nov. 1, including filling out a statement and complying with stay-at-home rules.

As of November 1, an unvaccinated person who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days will not be able to enter NSW for vacation or recreation.

“There are still places of great concern – close and informal contact locations – in Victoria,” said NSW Health.

As NSW prepares for the looming spate of infections, treasurer Matt Kean unveiled on Thursday his $2.8 billion plan to recover the state’s economy from “a once-in-a-lifetime economic catastrophe.”

As NSW prepares for the impending wave of infections, treasurer Matt Kean unveiled on Thursday his $2.8 billion plan to recover the state's economy from

As NSW prepares for the impending wave of infections, treasurer Matt Kean unveiled on Thursday his $2.8 billion plan to recover the state’s economy from “a once-in-a-lifetime economic catastrophe” (photo, The Rocks on Wednesday)

The recovery package includes an extension of the state’s voucher incentive scheme, providing $250 per household, beginning March, to parents of school-age children to spend on entertainment and attractions.

That’s in addition to the $50 lodging vouchers announced Wednesday for every adult in the state, and the two additional $25 Dine and Discover vouchers already promised.

Other big ticket items include $50 million for the performing arts sector, $300 million to fund a COVID-19 learning support program, $480 million for new housing or refuges for those fleeing domestic violence, and $130 million to support mental health professionals. strengthening health services.

Mr Perrottet described it as ‘the country’s most comprehensive economic recovery plan’ and promises ‘there is something in this economic recovery package for everyone’.

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