House parties of 5, BBQs of 30 and riot police patrolling the streets: Everything you need to know about major changes to New Year’s Eve coronavirus rules
Sydneysiders now face harsh restrictions on New Years Eve celebrations after New South Wales recorded 18 new local cases on Wednesday.
Household gatherings will be limited to five visitors including children on New Years Eve in Greater Sydney including Wollongong, Central Coast and the Blue Mountains.
Meanwhile, outdoor gatherings have been reduced from 50 people to 30.
Both the northern and southern sections of the Northern Beaches are now also limited to five visitors – but they must also be from the same area.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to cancel their plans and stay at home because ‘we don’t want New Year’s Eve to be the cause of a super-spreader’.
‘Had circumstances been different we may have acted differently,’ Ms Berejiklian said at Wednesday’s press conference.
‘But we don’t want New Year’s Eve to be a situation where undetected cases… give it to those closest to them and give it to those people in their household but also people visiting their household.’
‘Our preferred advice is that people just stay home for New Year’s Eve, but if must have people over, don’t have more than five and please make sure you have adequate social distancing, good ventilation.’
Ms Berejiklian also urged people to be COVID-safe while at outdoor gatherings, which have been reduced from 50 to 30 people.
‘It is safer to be outdoors whether it’s a picnic, a barbecue, but please maintain your social distancing and please make sure that you at all times appreciate that there could be cases of the virus that we haven’t captured,’ she said.
More to come.