Restrictions ease in NSW ahead of Christmas

RESTRICTIONS across New South Wales will be eased next week as we head into the Christmas/New Year period.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced restrictions on social gatherings and hospitality venues will change from next Tuesday, December 1.

Under the changes, up to 50 people will be allowed to visit a household, provided they have an outdoor area.


Those living in premises without an outdoor space, like apartments, will still be limited to 30 guests.

Outdoor public gatherings will also be increased from 30 people to 50.

Small hospitality venues have been given a reprieve with venues up to 200 square meters in size able to operate under the the two-square metre rule with no cap on the number of patrons.

The Premier said the government is also “actively considering” applying the 2 sqm rule to all hospitality venues, but they’re “not quite there yet”.

The state government also confirmed workers will be able to get back into the office, with the public health orders regarding working from home to be repealed from December 14.

That will allow private businesses and organisations the autonomy to make decisions regarding their employees heading into the New Year.