NSW boosts stadium capacity, eases Victorian border restrictions

Border bubbles along the NSW-Victoria border have also been eased, with Victorians now able to visit restaurants and bars across the Murray River.

“There’s no doubt that easing that border does bring with it risk,” Ms Berejiklian said.

A rugby league match is being played in front of an empty stadium in Sydney on March 19 as Brendon Wakeham of the Bulldogs takes a conversion attempt.

An NRL game played before no fans at ANZ Stadium in March. Sydney’s former Olympic stadium will be allowed to reach half its capacity when it hosts the grand final next month. Getty

NSW recorded five new cases of the coronavirus in the 24 hours leading up to 8pm Wednesday: two in hotel quarantine, two linked to a known case and one mystery case.

The mystery case is from a community along the southern border, with the potentially infected person first testing positive in Victoria and now negative in NSW.

“We’re continuing to treat the case as a positive case, we are working through that diagnosis with our colleagues in Victoria,” Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

Meanwhile, there are still some stadiums working to boost seating capacity, including Penrith Stadium, Ken Rosewell Arena, Newcastles’ McDonald Jones Stadium and Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.

“We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to get those venues open to larger capacities but we want to see COVID-safe plans put in place,” Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said.

He said the government and operators at Ken Rosewell were working to get the stadium capacity boosted ahead of the ATP Cup next year.

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