Cr Moore said the unexpected benefit from the past two months was the level of politeness shown by the average person to the people around them.
“People show each other the real good,” he said.
“People show appreciation for the doctors, nurses and front-line workers who keep us safe from this crisis, and caregivers take care of our parents, the teachers continue to keep the children and City staff picking up trash and cleaning the roads.
“I hope the pandemic makes us better communicators, more mutual respect and respect for what we have, and more support for the most vulnerable in our community.”
Monday marks the start of a new phase of freedom for most Sydney businesses. No new cases were recorded in his home state on Saturday for the first time in more than two weeks.
While the general rules for meetings at home or public spaces remain the same (maximum of five and 10 people respectively), restaurants, pubs and cafes will be allowed to accommodate 50 visitors – Although they can only accept group bookings of up to 10 people.
The maximum occupancy at the wedding has doubled from 10 to 20, and 50 people will be allowed to gather at funerals and religious services. Previously, only 10 were permitted at church services and 20 or 30 at funerals, depending on whether they were inside or outside.
While hairdressers and barbers can continue to operate during lockdown, beauty, waxing, tanning and nail salons can also start again.
The Prince Alfred Park pool and Victoria Park pool will reopen for lap swimming on Monday, limited to one person per lane. The City of Sydney has implemented a booking system, with priority access to vulnerable community members.
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