Tenterfield is back in business with restrictions lifted

Cafes, hotels and retails outlets were among the businesses able to open again on the weekend.

Following the easing of restrictions the businesses, which had been closed during the COVID-19 lockdown, were again trading.

Federal MP Barnaby Joyce said the people of New England were to be congratulated for maintaining vigilance against the COVID-19 virus, but also welcomed the reopening of businesses.

"People want to circulate, meet up with friends and family and go shopping," Mr Joyce said.

"Wherever possible, we need to re-open shops and other businesses to get the economy moving again.

"Businesses have been brought to a standstill and employees prevented from earning an income.

"The lifting of lockdown limits will make a huge difference to individuals, families, employees, businesses and the economy in general," he said.