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Further relaxing of rules across NSW likely to come 'in the very near future'

Further relaxing of rules across NSW likely to come 'in the very near future'
Gladys Berejiklian has hinted more people could soon be allowed to dine inside cafes, restaurants and pubs in a further relaxing of social distancing rules across New South Wales.
The premier said her government has been working with the industry on increasing patronage in restaurants and cafes in June and July.
"The government will have more to say in the very near future about what restaurants and cafes will look like in June and July," Ms Berejiklian said this morning.
Customers dining in at Speedo's Cafe, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Friday, May 15, 2020. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Currently, dining venues can allow up to 10 patrons if they maintain social distancing, including alcohol table service with a meal at NSW pubs and clubs.
Increasing patronage in June would align with the easing of regional travel restrictions across the state and the opening of museums, galleries and libraries from June 1.
It comes as just two new cases of coronavirus were detected in the state in the past 24 hours after 9700 people were tested for the virus.
One of those positive cases came from Melbourne while the other is a student from Saint Ignatius' College Riverview.
New South Wales has recorded just two new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. (Nine News)
The reopening of beauty salons was another thing high on her agenda following increased pressure from small businesses desperate to welcome back customers.
"I won't talk about my own personal grooming but it's fair to say I've been lobbied by half the population," Ms Berejiklian said with a laugh.
The premier also defended her calls for other states to re-open their borders, insisting it's in the best interests for Australia.
Ms Berejiklian said she wasn't offended after being likened to a "bully" by WA's premier over the issue.
"This isn't personal," Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has hinted more people could soon be allowed to dine inside restaurants, cafes and pubs in June and July. (Nine News)
"It's absolutely accepted that leaders will express their views on what they think is in the best interest of their citizens and the nation.
"This is about doing what we believe is in the best interest of our citizens."
Mark McGowan said it was "odd" that NSW was encouraging people to fly interstate when it was also pushing for people to keep away from public transport.
"The message is totally inconsistent," Mr McGowan said.
"We're not going to give in to that sort of bullying by the NSW premier or anyone else."
But Ms Berejiklian stood by her stance to have borders reopen as soon as possible.
"The sooner the borders come down, the sooner we can do this planning," she said.
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