NSW announces huge easing of restrictions in time for Christmas

Great news for New South Wales today, with the government announcing an easing of various restrictions in time for Christmas.

From Monday December 7, venue capacity will be able to double, with businesses to go by the one person per two square metre rule, rather than per four square metres.

That still excludes gyms and nightclubs for now.


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Outdoor private gathering limits will increase to 100 people, while weddings and funerals will have no limit on the amount of attendees.

In great news for happy-feet, dancefloors are back as well. Up to 50 people will be able to dance at one time at weddings.

And for those pub patrons eager to stand up while downing their schooey – standing while drinking is back!

It comes as the state once again records no new cases of community transmission today, marking 25 days since the last case of concern.

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes today, saying that the restrictions will be wound back if there’s an outbreak of concern.

“What we’ve tried to achieve here is a healthy balance of giving people freedom and allowing businesses to flourish, while also maintaining those basic principles of living in a COVID safe way,” she said.

The Deputy Premier John Barilaro backed her up on that, saying it’s important no one loses Christmas this year.

“Last year bushfires robbed us of Christmas, today’s announcement means COVID is not going to rob us of Christmas,” he said.

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