New restrictions announced for Sydney venues amid coronavirus outbreak

One person per four square metres will be permitted at indoor venues, with a maximum capacity of 300

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced new restrictions for the Greater Sydney area, as 30 new locally transmitted cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm AEDT last night.

Under the new health order directives, which take effect from tonight, all indoor venues in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Blue Mountains areas will be subject to a one person per four square metre rule, up to a maximum capacity of 300 people.

Dancing will no longer be permitted, with the exception of up to 20 people at a wedding. Singing and chanting will not be permitted either, with the exception of places of worship, where up to five people can do. These restrictions are to remain in place until further notice.

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The new restrictions essentially revert changes introduced earlier this month, which removed capacity limits provided a rule of one person per two square metres was followed.

Additionally, the Premier has asked that until midnight on Wednesday (December 23), residents in the Greater Sydney and Blue Mountains areas do not have any more than 10 visitors to their home at any one time.

Health authorities are set to advise the government on Wednesday regarding further restrictions that may be required.

With the 30 new cases of COVID-19 recorded, NSW Health is currently treating 69 cases of the virus. 28 of the new cases were directly linked to the recent Northern Beaches cluster, while two are under investigation but both live in the Northern Beaches area.

Premier Berejiklian commented that there was no evidence of large seeding outside of the Northern Beaches at this point in time. The Northern Beaches area is continuing to follow stay at home orders amid the outbreak.

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Yesterday, funk outfit Winston Surfshirt were forced to cancel a planned show at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, as all members of the band currently live on the Northern Beaches.

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