- Comes as frontline workers are starting to receive second vaccinations
- Venues will now move to a one-person per 2sqm rule
- Electronic recording of visitors must occur if more than 100 visitors at home
The New South Wales Government has announced a significant easing of restrictions that will be coming into force as of Monday, 29 March.
“With no community transmission and our quarantine and frontline workers now receiving their second vaccinations, the timing is right to further ease restrictions across the state.”
Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier
As the first stage of the vaccination program is centred on frontline quarantine, border and healthcare workers, the NSW Government said this reduces the risk of the coronavirus being distributed amongst the community from overseas sources.
As such, the Government believes it is appropriate to significantly reduce restrictions.
As of Monday, there will be no caps on weddings and funerals and visitors at home – although there must be electronic recording of visitor details if there are over 100 attendees.
There will also be no restrictions on dancing at weddings, pubs and nightclubs. For outdoor public gatherings, however, 200 people will be allowed.
Venues will now move to a one-person per 2sqm rule – although such venues will be allowed 25 people before this rule applies.
Entertainment venues can now return to 100% seated capacity, even for theatres and stadiums.
Additionally, for public transport, the use of masks is being downgraded from ‘mandatory’ to ‘strongly recommended’.
Businesses and organisations will still be required to keep accurate records through QR codes.
Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer, said businesses and jobs would reap the rewards from restrictions being lifted.
“Today we take a 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.”
Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer