Gyms, local sport return timetabled in NSW

NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty has warned the coronavirus is lingering in the community.
NSW Health's Jeremy McAnulty has warned the coronavirus is lingering in the community.

Gyms, dance studios and other physical fitness centres in NSW will reopen within a fortnight after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while children's community sport will return next month.

The NSW government on Tuesday announced up to 10 people would be allowed to partake in classes of dance, yoga or pilates from June 13, while up to 100 people will be permitted inside an indoor venue such as a gym.

Indoor pools and saunas can also reopen with restricted numbers, while the government also allowed tattoo and massage parlours to resume business.

Children's community sport can resume from July 1.

"That certainly means that we will see a lot more movement in the next few weeks," NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters on Tuesday.

"NSW Health authorities are working with industry in each of the areas being opened to establish checklists that the industries will be able to use to give them guidance as to how they open in the safest way possible.

"It won't be exactly like it was, but it sure as heck is going to be as close as possible in a COVID-19 environment."

The state on Tuesday reported six new cases from more than 5400 tests, all of which are linked to returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty warned that while the majority of recent cases across the state have been in travellers in hotel quarantine, it doesn't mean the virus isn't lingering in the community.

"The virus is still likely circulating among people in the community who just have mild or no symptoms," he told media in a video update on Tuesday.

"As such the risk of outbreak and resurgence of cases remains."

Dr McAnulty noted the recent coronavirus testing numbers were low and urged people with the mildest symptoms to come forward and get tested.

As further COVID-19 restrictions were lifted on Monday, he also reiterated the importance of social distancing and regular hand washing.

Meanwhile, the NSW government is facing increased pressure over its proposed 12-month pay freeze for public servants.

Paramedics have begun taking industrial action with a ban on collecting patient billing information while members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association are on Tuesday protesting outside parliament.

The state government has floated a $1000 one-off payment to public servants to get the regulation through the upper house.

But NSW Labor, the Greens and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party are expected to support a disallowance motion rejecting the regulation when it's put forward in parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

Australian Associated Press