A raft of frustrating coronavirus restrictions in New South Wales have been dropped including mandatory face masks.
Major changes that came into effect at 12.01am this morning include removing the caps on funerals and weddings, allowing unlimited numbers.
All venues have also moved to the one person per two square metre rule.
Millions will be allowed to hit the dance floor and sing their hearts out when the changes come into effect at 12.01am on Monday
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes on Wednesday as the state went eight days without a local Covid infection
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes last Wednesday as the state went eight days without a locally-acquired Covid infection.
Millions are now able to hit the dance floor and sing their hearts out after the changes came into effect on Monday.
Face masks on public transport have moved from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’ from next week.
There will be no cap on visitors in the home but if the amount exceeds 100 there must be a Covid safety plan in place and the details of visitors must be electronically recorded.
Weddings and funerals will no longer be subject to caps. There will be a 100 per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres, meaning a return to full crowds.
All venues across the state will move to a one person per two square metre rule as part of the changes.
Pictured: passengers on Sydney Trains in January. Masks were mandatory on public transport until 12.01am this morning. Now they’re just ‘recommended’
Ms Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions will only work if the community commits to acting in a Covid-safe way.
‘It means good social distancing, most importantly, it means registering QR codes wherever we go. That is the key to our success,’ she said.
‘If there is an outbreak and we can’t identify all the people in a particular venue, we will be having to go backwards again and I don’t want to see that happen.’
Face masks on public transport will move from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’ from next week
Weddings and funerals across New South Wales will no longer be subject to caps from Monday
The premier warned they would ‘up compliance’ in the coming weeks to ensure businesses are registering all visitors with the QR codes.
‘There are harsh penalties for people, for businesses and organisations, who don’t comply with the QR codes,’ she said.
‘And we will come down hard on businesses and individuals if that is not maintained, because compliance and keeping CovidSafe is key to this.’
Ms Berejiklian said the vaccine rollout across the state is ‘going well’ despite flooding on the mid-north coast and west of Sydney.
All venues across the state will move to a one person per two square metre rule as part of the changes. Pictured: A group of friends are seen at the Holey Moley Golf Club in Darlinghurst, Sydney, on March 12
She said all quarantine workers had now received their first Pfizer shot and many were getting their second.
‘We are also moving on to vaccinate the families of the quarantine workers in addition to frontline health workers,’ the premier said.
‘So every day that we move forward the risk is reducing.’
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the easing of restrictions would help support jobs across the state.
‘Today we take another big stride in the right direction, easing restrictions is important in helping businesses return to normal, it’s like a jab of confidence for the economy,’ he said.
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS TO EASE IN NEW SOUTH WALES
From 12.01am on Monday March 29:
No caps on weddings and funeralsNo restrictions on singing No restrictions on dancing including at weddings and in pubs and nightclubs No cap on visitors in homes 200 people allowed for personal outdoor public gatherings All venues to move to one person per two square metre rule100 per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres Mask use including on public transport will move from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’
NSW went 55 days without a local Covid infection before a hotel quarantine security guard contracted the virus on March 13.
The last local case was recorded on Wednesday March 17 when a hotel guest – whose infection was genomically linked to the security guard – tested positive to Covid.
Partygoers were briefly allowed on the dance floor back in December when Covid restrictions were eased.
But an outbreak on the Northern Beaches, which spread across the city, promptly led to the tightening of rules and thousands were plunged into lockdown for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
There have been 5,081 coronavirus cases recorded across NSW since January 25, 2020 and 56 deaths.
Face masks were mandatory at the beginning of the year after an outbreak on the Northern Beaches spread across Sydney