Small weddings to be allowed, Health Minister of NSW says
Health Minister of NSW Brad Hazzard announced that wedding restrictions will be lifted next week.
NSW has set daily COVID-19 records for new infections and vaccinations. In the 24 hours leading up to 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 1,035 new COVID-19 cases have been registered, a new high for any Australian state or territory.
There were two deaths as well. Meanwhile, a total of 156,165 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in NSW on Friday, including 61,778 in state-run clinics.
In the state, more than 6.5 million vaccinations have been provided. A woman in her 70s died at Nepean Hospital earlier this month after contracting an infection there.
She is the fourth person to die as a result of the outbreak at the hospital. She was fully vaccinated, but had “some major underlying health issues,” according to NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty.
At Westmead Hospital, a woman in her eighties died as well.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 3, Mr. Hazzard said the government would relax restrictions on weddings across the state.
Weddings would be limited to five guests, he said, but the specifics were still being worked out.
He said the couple, “those officiating and perhaps a photographer” wouldn’t count as guests and that it would not be compulsory for those attending to be vaccinated against the virus.
“I would say to anybody who is getting married it would be a really good idea if you asked your guests to make sure that they are double vaccinated but it is not going to be a requirement in the health orders at this stage,” Mr. Hazzard said.
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