NSW will end isolation requirements for household contacts of COVID-19 cases, which means that people who live with an infected case will no longer require to isolate at home for seven days.
Instead, they will be urged to undertake regular rapid antigen tests, wear masks and avoid high-risk settings, such as hospitals and aged care homes.
Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter said with such high vaccination rates, Australians have demonstrated a capacity to live and work with the virus.
“The current isolation rules are providing a barrier to businesses as healthy people are forced to isolate unnecessarily,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Those who test positive to COVID-19 will still need to isolate for seven days, with health professionals not recommending this rule be removed.
Members of NSW’s COVID and Economic Recovery Committee met on Tuesday to discuss overhauling the rules following a substantial drop in coronavirus infections in the state.