The past month has been nothing short of bizarre. But a small slice of normal life was returned to the State on Monday, as stage-three restrictions were “cautiously” relaxed by the State Government. After two weeks with a handful of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in WA, the two-person limit on non-work gatherings was lifted to 10. The new 10-person limit also applies to weddings and funerals. The list of acceptable activities was expanded to include fishing, boating and private picnics. In Albany, the changes have been welcomed by community groups who are now able to resume some recreational and sporting activities. Today, the Albany Athletics Club will be holding its first group running session in weeks. “You get a support group when you get to meet and run with people ... you end up as a big family of runners,” AAC committee member Dan Smith said. Twilight Dreams Dance and Wellness Studio’s Anyes Icher said she could not wait to restart some classes next week. The relaxation of restrictions announced on Sunday also gave real estate agents approval to conduct public viewings at homes and display villages, providing they adhere to the 10-person rule. Albany’s Wellington and Reeves director Kathleen Mier said being able to resume home opens was a huge boost for the industry. “We’ve already spoken to a few owners and I think what we’ll find is vacant property inspections would be good, but in terms of owner-occupied, some of them would still like to remain a little cautious,” she said. “But for us, certainly, it gives us an opportunity to get back out there.” Premier Mark McGowan said the easing of restrictions had been designed to provide “high-value social impact”. “It is rewarding, because people will now have more choice if they want to interact with their family and friends,” he said There have been no active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Great Southern for 11 days. But Mr McGowan said the State needed to remain vigilant. “Any complacency will undo all our efforts in stemming the virus in WA,” he said. “We had to apply some of the most rigorous and tough restrictions including shutting WA off to the rest of the world to keep Western Australians safe. “The results so far have been encouraging and have now allowed for us to make some adjustments.” All public playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment remain off-limits. Restaurants, cafes, food vans, food courts and road houses are still limited to takeaway and home delivery.