Premier Gladys Berejiklian has encouraged retailers in New South Wales to "have a go" at reopening within COVID-19 gathering and health guidelines where possible.
The tentative green light to retailers comes as the state has noticed increased activity in NSW with the population begining to feel comfortable to get out and about yet again.
While Berejiklian says it is okay for retailers to begin reopening her blessing comes with the caveat that social distancing and good hygiene practices are observed.
"I say to any business, if there's a restriction in place and you feel you can operate around that please have a go," Berejiklian said.
"We do want to see more business activity but we also want it to be safe and I'm confident that retail activity will increase substantially during the month of May."
"But I also want to make clear that I don't want to go through the process of, if we can avoid it, opening and shutting things down because that doesn't give anybody certainty and if you're a business operator once you reopen you want to stay open."
The Premier's statement comes as New South Wales has reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 3,035.
Updated at 11:04am AEST on 5 May 2020.
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