Bondi is to reopen for swimming and surfing but the beach itself will remain closed given the area boasts the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Australia.

Waverley Council mayor Paula Masselos says the waters at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches will reopen on Tuesday “for the sole purpose of exercising”.

People will be able to surf or swim between 7am and 5pm on weekdays, with access to the water via designated entry and exit points.

The mayor said the “swim and go” and “surf and go” measures were strictly for Waverley residents exercising locally and people shouldn’t drive to the beaches from further afield.

All of Randwick City Council’s beaches will again reopen from Tuesday without any time restrictions while those in Dee Why, Freshwater and Manly, under the Northern Beaches Council, remain closed.

A Northern Beaches Council spokesman told AAP on Monday the restrictions would be reviewed on Tuesday in accordance with NSW Health recommendations.

NSW recorded its lowest daily rise in more than seven weeks on Monday, with only two confirmed cases, taking the total to 3004.

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There are currently 160 COVID-19 cases being treated in NSW, including 19 people in intensive care, 15 of whom require ventilators. The state’s death toll remains at 36.

The NSW government on Monday announced it would tip an additional $30 million into the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance scheme, which provides energy bill support to struggling NSW households.

The funding is part of a $100 million package, including $34 million for homelessness, $10 million for charity programs and $6 million for Lifeline.

AAP.

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