So you’ve been dancing like no one is watching for most of 2020? Well, now you’ll have the chance to put those skills on public display because, from Monday, nightclubs across the state can reopen, with 50 people allowed on the dance floor.
Yep, that’s right, party people! Premier Gladys Berejiklian make the auspicious announcement on Wednesday along with the rolling back of a raft of COVID restrictions.
From Monday 7 December, a one-person per two-square metres rule will apply at all hospitality venues, places of worship, stadiums and theatres, with 25 people permitted before the rule kicks in.
Previously the rule was set at one-person per four square metres.
Pub patrons will also be allowed to stand up while drinking, provided they do it in the beer garden while nightclubs and indoor-only pubs can only serve drinks to seated guests.
It’s also good news for festivals with ticketed, fenced and seated outdoor events (subject to the 2sqm rule) can accommodate up to 5000 people while up to 3000 people can gather for other outdoor events such as community sport and outdoor protests.
Further, up to 100 people can congregate for private outdoor gatherings,
“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.”
COVID restrictions to be eased across NSW from Monday 7 December:
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 dance floor at nightclubs)
Stadiums and theatres:
- Outdoors – 100 per cent seated capacity, and 1 person per 2sqm rule for unstructured seating areas
- Indoors – 75 per cent 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).
- Up to 50 people indoors
- 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
- Regional agricultural shows
- Corporate events
- Religious services.