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NSW to enjoy HUGE easing of Covid restrictions as state goes record 38 days without local 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 
  • Homes can host up to 50 visitors; stand-up drinking allowed from March 17
  • Wedding capacity limit of 300 people will be reviewed in three weeks time 

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

Ms Berejiklian on Wednesday said singing and dancing at weddings 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 also sing in choirs and congregations as long as they wear a mask.

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

Weddings can still only host 300 people but Ms Berejiklian said that limit would be eased in three weeks as long as there are no further outbreaks of the virus. 

Dancing at weddings – until now considered to be too high risk – will be allowed again in New South Wales from Friday. File image

WHAT’S CHANGING IN NEW SOUTH WALES

From Friday, February 26 at 12.01am: 

Up to 50 people allowed inside a home

Dancefloor gathering limits will be capped at 30 people at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor

Up to 50 people can gather for gym classes (up from 30) as long as the four square-metre rule is followed

Up to 30 people can sing in choirs and congregations if masks are worn and four square-metre rule is in place

One hundred per cent capacity allowed at cinemas 

From March 17: 

If current trend continues, patrons can stand and drink indoors at pubs 

Ms Berejiklian pictured addressing the media on Wednesday. She has also eased restrictions on gym classes - which can now host up to 50 people

Ms Berejiklian pictured addressing the media on Wednesday. She has also eased restrictions on gym classes – which can now host up to 50 people

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 capacity limits was a step forward towards a new ‘Covid normal’.

But she said the changes were conditional on people in NSW social distancing when gathered together in large groups.

‘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.’ 

Commuters wearing face masks outside St. James Station in Sydney on January 4. Households in NSW will be allowed to welcome 50 visitors from Friday at 12.01am

Commuters wearing face masks outside St. James Station in Sydney on January 4. Households in NSW will be allowed to welcome 50 visitors from Friday at 12.01am

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

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. 

More than 3,200 people have so far received the Covid-19 vaccine in NSW.

‘We’re nearly there in terms of what burdens we’re imposing on the community, but we’re also at a critical stage in the pandemic,’ Ms Berejiklian said.  

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