Nightclubs, parties and FINALLY a return to stand-up drinking – here’s what you need to know about NSW’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions for festive season
- Restrictions are being eased in New South Wales, allowing for more dancing
- From Monday, nightclubs can reopen with 50 people allowed on dance floor
- Stand-up drinking will be allowed once again, but only in outdoor settings
- Maximum capacity caps will be removed, replaced by two sqm restrictions
From Monday, nightclubs can reopen with up to 50 people allowed on the dance floor at any one time, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
Stand-up drinking will be allowed once again, but only in outdoor settings.
Maximum capacity caps will be removed for at hospitality venues, places of worship and retail stores.
The restriction, which will be replaced by the two-square metre rule, will apply to weddings, funerals and corporate events.
Limits on the number of people allowed to gather outside will also be eased, with up to 100 people allowed in an outdoor setting – up from 50.
For outdoor organised events, up to 3,000 people can gather but the two-square metre rule must apply.
‘From Monday, life will be very different in NSW,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘We are grateful to the people in NSW for their patience and understanding over what has been an incredibly difficult year has been,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘The rolling back of restrictions across the state is only possible because of the excellent work of the community who have followed social distancing guidelines and continued to come forward for testing.’
More to come
RESTRICTIONS TO BE EASED FROM MONDAY:
Venues (including hospitality venues, retail and places of worship)
1 person per 2sqm
Stadiums and theatres
Outdoors: 100 per cent seated capacity, and 1 person per 2sqm rule for outdoor seating areas
Indoors: 75 per cent seated capacity
Gatherings in outdoor public spaces
Up to 100 people for outdoor gatherings (increased from 50)
Up to 5000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2sqm rule)
Up to 3000 people for other organised outdoor events (subject to the 2sqm rule)
Up to 50 people indoors
Up to 50 performers indoors, no maximum cap outdoors
Congregation and audience advised to continue wearing masks if singing
Maximum capacity caps removed (subject to the 2sqm rule) for:
Bookings at hospitality venues
Regional agricultural shows