NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions as of Monday December 7. Here’s everything you need to know.
As COVID-19 cases remain low across New South Wales, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has continued to ease coronavirus restrictions.
As of Monday December 7, 50 people will be allowed to boogie it out on an indoor dance floor. Moreover, the four square metre rule will be replaced with a two square metre rule at all venues, except at gyms and nightclubs.
This means capacity at restaurants, bars, churches and cafes will double.
“We’re deeply grateful that since the beginning of the pandemic, the community has taken our advice… [and] has really led the way throughout the nation and we want that to continue,” Ms Berejiklian said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I’m pleased that because of that, we are in the strong position we are today and from Monday life will be very more different in NSW.”
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All the easing COVID restrictions in NSW
Here’s a full list of the easing restrictions in NSW as of December 7:
- 50 people now allowed on indoor dance floors;
- Maximum of 5,000 people will be allowed to attend outdoor ticketed events;
- Standing will now be permitted at hospitality, but only for outdoors;
- Maximum capacity caps removed for events such as weddings, funerals, corporate events and religious services as long as the two square metre rule is in place;
- Outdoor gatherings like picnics will increase from 50 to 100 people;
- Indoor theatres will able to have up to 75 per capacity.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet labelled December 7 “freedom day” and said the easing of restrictions was an economic decision and based off health advice.
“In terms of economic activity you’re looking at hundreds of millions of dollars injected into the NSW activity every single month,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The pubs have told us that today’s announcement is 9,000 new jobs right across our state.
“It’s instant impact, this getting people straight back to work.”