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Australia Sydney news: Raft of restrictions ease in NSW as the state approaches 40 COVID-19-free days

22:55  25 february  2021
22:55  25 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a woman standing in a room: Up to 30 people can dance at weddings, while dancing elsewhere could be back by St Patrick's Day. (Supplied: Employees Only) © Provided by ABC Health Up to 30 people can dance at weddings, while dancing elsewhere could be back by St Patrick's Day. (Supplied: Employees Only)

Here's what you need to know this morning.

NSW COVID-19 restrictions ease

More COVID-19 restrictions have been eased overnight as NSW recorded 39 days without any local cases yesterday.

Fifty visitors are now be allowed in the home, and 30 people permitted to dance at weddings, with different guests allowed to swap on and off the dance floor.

Gym classes can have 50 people, subject to the four square metre rule.

Up to 30 people can sing indoors, as long as choirs physically distance.

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In places of worship, people can sing as long as they wear masks and the four-square-metre rule is applied.

And cinemas can now have 100 per cent capacity.

The NSW Government has vowed if the current trend continues, drinking while standing at indoor venues will be allowed from St Patricks Day next month.

Infrastructure in NSW

There has been a 200 per cent increase in the number of people moving to regional areas due to the coronavirus pandemic and a changing workplace, a report from Infrastructure Australia says.

The independent research and advice body has revised its national priority list, saying the pandemic had affected the way Australians use critical services.

Infrastructure Australia's Robin Jackson says one of the report's top initiatives is better enabling digital health services for regional and remote Australia.

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But he said the move to the bush is increasing housing pressure in NSW, especially for low income groups, naming Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, Tamworth, Dubbo as feeling the pinch.

Remote school in crisis

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge is calling on the State Government to urgently help a remote school in north-western NSW deal with a staffing crisis.

NSW Teachers Federation members at the Walgett Community College briefly walked out two days ago, saying 11 out of 21 positions were unfilled.

The local Dharriwaa Elders Group has issued a statement saying students returned to school this term to find their principal of two years had left abruptly.

Mr Shoebridge said the Walgett community, elders and the Teacher's Federation desperately needed to sit down with the government to fix the issue.

The NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has been contacted for comment.

NSW 'nearly there' as restrictions ease

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Six teens charged

Six teenagers will appear in court today after an alleged car park brawl at a shopping centre in Sydney’s west.

Emergency services were called to the car park on Carlise Avenue, Mt Druitt at about 3:00pm yesterday and found a man, 20, suffering facial injuries and stab wounds.

Another man, 22, also sustained minor cuts to his neck. He was treated at the scene.

Four teenagers — aged 16, 16, 16 and 17 — were charged with several offences, including reckless grievous bodily harm.

Last night, two more teenagers, aged 16 and 27, were also charged, with all six to appear at a children's court today.

Lou's Place bursting at the seams

A terrace house nestled on a leafy Sydney street in Kings Cross has a doorbell that rings constantly.

Its appearance is unremarkable, and people walking by wouldn't suspect that a sanctuary for many lies behind the front door.

Lou's Place is the only daytime refuge for women in Sydney, and those who drop by say this place has kept them alive.

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