Gatherings of 50 people, more people in pubs and workers back to the office: How restrictions will be eased in New South Wales before Christmas
- A number of coronavirus restrictions will be eased in NSW ahead of Christmas
- 50 people will be allowed in homes with an outdoor area from December 1
- 30 people will be permitted in homes that do not have an outdoor space
- The public health order urging workers to stay at home if possible will be lifted
- Small pubs and hospitality venues in NSW will be able to double their capacity
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the news on Wednesday outlining that 50 visitors will now be allowed in homes with an outdoor area from December 1.
The state leader also said small pubs and hospitality venues will be able to double their capacity from one person per four square meters to two.
The final change is that companies will be able to bring workers back to the office from December 14.
But the Premier has warned, the uptick in public transport will mean the state’s residents will have to ‘get better at wearing masks.’
New South Wales will ease a number of coronavirus restrictions just in time for Christmas (pictured, two woman enjoy a drink on June 1 at the Royal Hotel)
‘My colleagues and I, in conjunction with the health experts, were able to go a bit further than what we anticipated. So it’s fantastic news,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘If you are hosting an event at your home, you can have up to 50 people, so long as you utilise an outdoor space,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘If you do not have an outdoor space, we do not recommend any more than 30 people inside the home.’
Previously only 20 people were allowed in the home.
Outdoor gatherings like BBQs in the park will also be capped at 50.
NSW has gone 18-consecutive days without any locally acquired COVID-19 cases and there have been no mystery infections for one month.
To mark the state’s success, smaller pubs, clubs and restaurants will be able to increase their numbers ahead of the silly season.
Smaller pubs, clubs and restaurants will be able to increase their numbers ahead of the silly season (pictured, a group of friends meet for a drink at the Coogee Bay Hotel on November 3)
Outdoor gatherings like BBQs in the park will be capped at 50 from December 1
Hospitality venues under 200 square metres will now be able to have one patron per two square metres, up from one per four square metres.
‘We feel confident to be able to move towards that with smaller venues because of the QR codes (brought in this week),’ Ms Berejiklian said.
Restrictions to ease:
50 people now allowed in homes that can utalise an outdoor area from December 1.
50 people will be permitted at outdoor gatherings like BBQs in the park.
30 people will be able to get together in homes with no outdoor space.
Small pubs and hospitality venues will be allowed to double their complicity with the one patron four per square meter rule increased to two patrons.
The public health direction that employees should work from home if possible will now be eased from December 14.
‘We know that NSW Health is able to contract trace more quickly and efficiently because the electronic record allows us to contact them as quickly as we can.’
Larger venues will also be able to follow the two people per square meter guideline soon, the Premier said, but a date has not been finalised by NSW Health.
Ms Berejiklian said the public health direction that employees should work from home if able to do so will also be eased on December 14.
‘We will be staying silent on that,’ the Premier said.
‘What that means is that private companies and organisations can make decisions about what they do with their employees into the New Year.
‘We want to give people time to think about this.’
But despite the positivity, there was also a warning pedestrians travelling to work on public transport will need to ‘get better at wearing masks’.
‘Removing that health order and allowing companies to consider their option also means we need to consider what this means for our transport network,’ Ms Berejiklian said
‘Obviously if we are going to have more people wearing public transport, we absolutely need to make sure more people are wearing masks.
‘We don’t want to go down the mandatory path, but we are asking people to get better at wearing masks on public transport.’
Ms Berejiklian said the public health direction that employees should work from home if able to do so will also be eased on December 14 (pictured, a view of George Street on June 1)
The Premier has warned, the uptick in public transport will mean the state’s residents will have to ‘get better at wearing masks’