Restrictions on New South Wales venues will be lifted even further from next week, following a decline in locally acquired COVID-19 cases.
From Monday December 7, venues will have capacity limits removed provided that a rule of one person per two square metres is in place. This differs to the four square metre rule, which is currently in place at larger venues.
“Today is a great day for the people of NSW and great timing with Christmas fast approaching, as we will soon see larger crowds at venues and events and the expansion of the 2sqm rule statewide,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said in a statement.
Stadiums and theatres will be permitted to return to 100 per cent of their seated capacity, with one person per two square metres for unstructured seating areas. Up to 5,000 people will be permitted to gather at outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated, also subject to the two square metre rule.
Group singing – known to be an effective method of spreading the virus – will be permitted indoors with up to 50 performers. There will be no cap on the number of performers for an outdoor singing event.
As of today (December 2), NSW has recorded 25 consecutive days without any locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded.
NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
Six cases were reported in overseas travellers. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,399 since the start of the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/MSwqVGJObS
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) December 2, 2020
“We are grateful to the people in NSW for their patience and understanding over what has been an incredibly difficult year,” Premier Gladys 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.”
Last month, the NSW Government overturned a number of live music regulations in the state, which previously restricted the type of music or number of instruments permitted in different venues.