The NSW government has made the decision to allow a Black Lives Matter protest to go-ahead in Sydney amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protest on Saturday in Sydney’s CBD is expected to attract thousands of people.

While Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged participants to maintain social distancing, people continue to question the decision to let the public march take place.

Under restrictions put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, up to 20 people can attend weddings and up to 50 can go to funerals, places of worship, restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Householders are allowed up to five visitors and outdoor gatherings are restricted to 10 people.

Click ‘PLAY’ below to hear Jonesy & Amanda’s chat with Professor Sanjaya Senanayake:

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Leading infectious disease specialist Professor Sanjaya Senanayake joined Jonesy & Amanda to address the risks involved in partaking in a public march amidst a global pandemic.

“We are in a better position than the USA… but there is a chance that even a couple of cases among thousands of people could lead to a cluster of cases. This could be one of them, but I hope it isn’t,” he explained.

Saturday’s rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park is being held to protest the deaths of Aboriginal people in custody and in solidarity with the US protests for George Floyd.

Later, in the day a vigil will be held in Chippendale on the city fringe for Aboriginal man David Dungay and Mr Floyd.

Meanwhile, two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday.