Sydney: As of Monday, the public health order issued by authorities in New South Wales (NSW) requiring companies to allow staff to work from home has been lifted as the Australian state has not reported new locally acquired Covid-19 cases.
The local business community has welcomed the news, saying the move is expected to bring back much-needed foot traffic and benefit local businesses, especially those located in the central area of Sydney, the capital of NSW, reports Xinhua news agency.
As employees return to the office, the companies are encouraged to have Covid-19 safety plans in place and stagger staff starting and finishing times to reduce the impact on public transport, while workers have been strongly recommended to continue to wear masks on public transport, the NSW government said on its website.
Meanwhile, the border restriction between NSW and the state of South Australia (SA) has also been lifted, allowing people to travel freely across two states without quarantine, the health department said in a statement on Monday.
Also, the limit on the number of people allowed to visit residents in aged care facilities will be removed from Tuesday, making festive performances within those facilities possible ahead of Christmas, the department added.
“The risk of transmission in the community is now low enough to facilitate the easing of restrictions for aged care, just as the NSW government has eased restrictions across many other areas,” NSW Health’s Director of Aged Care Stefanie Williams said.
NSW has so far reported 4,645 confirmed coronavirus cases and 53 deaths.
As of Monday, Australia’s overall caseload and death toll stood at 28,031 and 908, respectively.