Churches will benefit from an easing of COVID-19 restrictions from Friday, a move welcomed by Wagga's religious figures.
It was announced on Wednesday that church services would now be able to have up to 300 people, subject to space restrictions.
Inspire Church's lead pastor, Brendan McMartin, said he was thrilled to hear the news, adding he was excited to be able to welcome back more parishioners.
"We are getting recognised the same as every other industry and being brought towards being back to normal," he said.
"We are not getting left behind."
Pastor McMartin said Inspire Church had continued to run some face-to-face services in line with all the rules while also implementing an online service.
"It has been a tough season for many people, not just because of not being able to go to church," he said.
"And, while the online service is great, we long for that face-to-face."
Father Brendan Lee from Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the Wagga Diocese, was "over the moon" when he heard the news.
He added it had been a tough year, made harder by parishioners not being able to seek comfort at church.
"We have been putting on a lot of extra masses," Father Lee said.
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"People have been stressed about going over the quota so have been staying away."
Father Lee said they been supplying masks and copious amounts of hand sanitiser while keeping in line with limits to numbers.
He said being allowed up to 300 in a church would go a long way to lifting the spirits of his community.
"It's been a tough year," Father Lee said.
The easing of the restrictions was announced after the state recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the latest daily figures, with only two of those being locally transmitted.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said churches would need to make sure they kept track of who was attending the services and that parishioners were not to intermingle and there is still to be no singing in masses.
"I think it's sensible for people who are in a house of worship for a lengthy period of time, [to] consider wearing a mask," he said.
Also announced on Wednesday, gyms, which have previously needed to have COVID safe marshalls in place at all times, will now be able to operate without one when there are fewer than 20 people there.
Mr Hazzard said NSW was doing "extremely well" in its case count but urged people to get tested when needed.
"For us to be continuing to open up our state... we need people to go out and get tested with even the slightest symptoms of a cold or flu," he said.