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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared an easing of coronavirus restrictions on the 25th day for no new local cases in the state.
The rule of four-square-metre will become the two-square-metre from Monday, except for nightclubs and gym.
Caps on the number of people allowed at hospitality venues will be lifted. There will be no limit to the number of people allowed at funerals or weddings.
Approx 100 people can attend a family gathering or an outdoor picnic. And near about 50 are allowed on a dance floor at one time.
A few months ago it was feeling like citizens were going to miss out on Christmas celebrations like the last year. The devastation the bushfires caused to communities in 2019 Christmas was enough to damper celebrations. Now after the announcement people are able to spread the joy of Christmas as restrictions in NSW are eased.
Today, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said; “Last year bushfires took us of Christmas; today’s declaration means COVID is not going to strip us of Christmas”.
Mr Barilaro said the government was capable of raising restrictions in time for the end of the year because of the society coming together and obeying the rules.
He said, “Today’s announcement is of bringing us all together”.
Ms Berejiklian said Christmas celebration is a good news, health precautions like good hygiene, testing, and social distancing must continue.
The Premier she never wanted the state to go backwards and reimpose restrictions, but that will happen if there are outbreaks.
“It’s the first time since the pandemic we’ve moved so quickly and fast,” she said.
Dr Kerry Chant confirmed that nightclubs are still on the risk of COVID-19. Nightclubs will be provided to reopen on Monday, but people must still drink sitting down and cannot take alcohol onto the dancefloor.
Dr Kerry Chant said, “Nightclubs will be ready to open, but what you might characterise as a normal nightclub experience might be a little bit more COVID-safe”.