Government rolls back COVID-19 restrictions in NSW

The 2sqm rule will be expanded and venue caps will be removed under a major easing of restrictions, as NSW continues to record zero cases of community transmission. 
 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the timing is right to ease restrictions and replace the 4sqm rule with the 2sqm rule, except at gyms and nightclubs.

“We are grateful to the people in NSW for their patience and understanding over what has been an incredibly difficult year,” 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.”

On Monday, 7 December 2020, the NSW Government will ease the following restrictions allowing:

Venues including hospitality venues, retail and places of worship:

  • 1 person per 2sqm (with 25 people permitted before the rule applies), except for:
    gyms and nightclubs (1 person per 4sqm, with a maximum of 50 people allowed in gym classes or on the dancefloor at nightclubs)

Stadiums and theatres:

  • outdoors: 100% seated capacity, and 1 person per 2sqm rule for unstructured seating areas
  • indoors: 75% seated capacity.

Gatherings in outdoor public spaces:

  • up to 100 people for outdoor gatherings (up from 50)
  • up to 5,000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated (subject to the 2sqm rule)
  • up to 3,000 people for other organised outdoor events i.e. community sport and outdoor protests (subject to the 2sqm rule).

Dance floors:

  • up to 50 people indoors. 

Singing

  • up to 50 performers indoors, no maximum cap outdoors
  • advice is for congregation/audience to continue wearing masks if singing. 

Under the changes, maximum capacity caps will be removed subject to the 2sqm rule for:

  • bookings at hospitality venues
  • weddings
  • funerals
  • regional agricultural shows
  • corporate events
  • religious services.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the people of NSW have worked hard to keep COVID-19 under control and deserved this major easing of restrictions.

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