NSW supermarkets and pharmacies have been given the green light to trade 24 hours a day for the near future.

The round-the-clock trading will ensure people have food and medical supplies whenever they needed these.

NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Robert Stokes announced that the changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act will be effective immediately.

“Stores will also be able to dispose of their waste at any time of day, rather than during restricted hours, to dispose of the significant and sudden increase in stock,” Mr Stokes said.

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“For those businesses operating out of home, we are facilitating more flexible operating hours and increasing the number of people working together from two to five, providing they can abide by the social distancing rules.”

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