Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian says they will issue a new public health order for New Year’s Eve, as our state records zero COVID cases on its 12th consecutive day.
There are only five cases of COVID in the state’s hotel quarantine, and 20,000 approx people were tested to 8 PM on Wednesday.
NSW Premier said the public health authority would establish an order for December 31.
Ms Gladys Berejiklian says a swathe of rules will be relaxed so people can arrange and enjoy their Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“This can only run if all of us unite and do the best thing,” she told reporters on Thursday.
She spoke as NSW Health announced a 12th straight day of no local coronavirus cases in the state.
Ms Berejiklian said, “We do not want people to roam around the city because of COVID-19. If someone is visiting a friend who is living in the CBD, then they need to apply for a permit.”
“Even though we are easing these restrictions as one-offs, it doesn’t lessen how deadly the virus is or how concerned we might be if suddenly an outbreak exhausted people in a particular location,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejiklian stressed that numbers allowed in the CBD would be tightly controlled, and no one would be able to roam freely around the city.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the public health order would also be amended to allow up to 3000 people to gather in outdoor spaces to safely allow councils and local government areas to manage New Year’s Eve events.
Anyone who wants to go to the CBD on New Year’s Eve to attend an event or visiting their family in designated zones around Circular Quay and North Sydney will need a permit from Service NSW.
Outdoor church services will also increase capacity from 300 people to 500 people.
Up to 30 people will be allowed in a choir for carols, but participants must wear a mask.
Funerals will also be permitted to have 300 people from December 1.