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Travel restrictions to be lifted in New South Wales


New South Wales residents will be able to head to the state's regions for holidays in less than a fortnight under a relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed recreational regional travel within the state will be allowed again from June 1.

Under current NSW public health orders, regional travel for holidays is banned.

The Premier said social distancing will still be required and urged residents to plan ahead.

"It will be different to a holiday you have taken before.

"Nothing we do is the same during a pandemic," she said.

Ms Berejiklian added that NSW will be open for people from other states, saying that's "best for NSW and Australia".

Queensland has flagged border closures with southern states could remain until at least September due to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting despair from tourism groups.

In March, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro told people to stay away from the regions until Christmas but this morning he changed his tune.

"Christmas has come early so we welcome you to the regions.

"We are embracing the opportunity just before the June long weekend.

"The opportunity for regional communities to see a tourism bump.

We've done it tough because of drought, we've done it tough because of bushfire and for many of those small businesses in those regions this is almost the last chance for that holiday, the ability to fill the cash register ahead of the quieter winter months ahead," he said.


Ms Berejiklian also announced that libraries, art galleries and museums will all re-open on June 1.

She said there will be set times for the state's most vulnerable to visit and people will be required to leave a record of their visit so authorities can follow up if there is an infection linked to the facility.

The Premier also flagged the number of people allowed in restaurants and cafes could also be doubled to 20 within the next month.

Four new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in New South Wales in the last 24-hours from more than 7000 tests.

The new cases are all returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The state's death toll has risen to 49 following the passing of a 93-year-old female resident at Sydney's Newmarch House nursing home.

Images: NSW Health and John Barilaro