Tennis players including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been released from hotel quarantine in Adelaide. Another group were released from quarantine in Melbourne last night. The Adelaide players, including Australian number one Ash Barty, will take part in an exhibition match at Memorial Drive today.
Residents in New South Wales have woken up to eased coronavirus restrictions. In-home gatherings can now have up to 30 guests, weddings and funerals have grown to 300 guests, and other events are uncapped so long as they comply with the one person per four square metre density rules.
Face masks remain mandatory on public transport, in places of worship, and for hospitality workers. It is not mandatory to wear face masks in retail settings, but the shop employees union has urged people to wear masks when shopping anyway to protect retail workers.
Eleven NSW hospitals – the Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Liverpool, Hornsby, St George, Nepean, Newcastle, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga hospital – have been named as the first vaccine hubs in that state, which will be responsible for rolling out the Pfizer vaccine from late last month.
The Victorian government is expected to lift its last remaining travel ban against NSW today. The Cumberland local government area in western Sydney is still classified as a red zone, meaning no one who has been in that area in the past 14 days can travel to Victoria. But with 11 days since the last case of community transmission in Sydney, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews indicated yesterday he expected that the area would be downgraded to an orange zone.
And the national crime watchdog has been asked to investigate suspicious betting on the Australia Day awards.
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