NSW to enjoy HUGE easing of Covid restrictions as state goes record 38 days without local Covid case

Dancing, singing and packed out pubs: NSW to enjoy HUGE easing of coronavirus restrictions as the state goes record 38 days without a single local Covid case – here’s what you need to know

  • Revelers in NSW can take to dance floors across the state from this Friday
  • Singing, dancing and chanting banned in December amid Covid outbreak
  • Households can welcome 50 visitors; stand-up drinking from March 17

Party-goers in New South Wales can take to dance floors across the state from Friday after Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a widespread easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday said singing, dancing and chanting at indoor venues would be allowed again as the state went 38 days without a single local case of Covid-19.

From Friday at 12.01am, 30 people can sing in choirs and congregations as long as they wear a mask and dance together at weddings.

Households will be allowed to welcome 50 visitors but stand-up drinking will remain banned in indoor venues until March 17.

Singing and dancing-based activities – until now considered to be too ‘high risk’ – is allowed again in New South Wales. File image

WHAT’S CHANGING IN NEW SOUTH WALES FROM FRIDAY

From Friday at 12.01am:

Up to 50 people allowed inside a home

Dancefloor gathering limits will be capped at 30 people at weddings

Up to 50 people can gather for gym classes as long as the four square-metre rule is followed

Up to 30 people can sing in choirs and congregations

One hundred per cent capacity allowed at cinemas

From March 17:

Patrons can stand and drink indoors at pubs

Singing and dancing were banned on December 20 as NSW battled against an outbreak of Covid-19 infections on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Restrictions on gym classes have also been eased and can now host up to 50 people as long as the four-square metre rule is followed.

Ms Berejiklian said the easing of household gathering limits was contingent on people in NSW social distancing in indoor venues.

Patrons from March 17 can stand up when drinking at indoor venues. Pictured are diners at a Sydney bar on February 12

Patrons from March 17 can stand up when drinking at indoor venues. Pictured are diners at a Sydney bar on February 12

‘Make sure no-one comes into your house with symptoms who has not been tested and ensure there is good ventilation and distancing. Please be careful if you are taking up this opportunity,’ she said.

‘Even though we are easing restrictions it is more important than ever before to make sure we get tested if we have the mildest of symptoms.’

NSW Health said one case of the virus was found in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine overnight following 17,917 tests in the past 24 hours.

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