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COVID-19 restrictions to be eased in Sydney

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Mask rules have been relaxed but the 4 square metre rule still applies for now.

Updated 27 January 2021

The following measures will be effective from 12.01am Friday 29 January for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • Visitors to households will be increased to 30 guests – including children.
  • Outdoor gatherings will be increased to 50 people in total.
  • Weddings and funerals will be capped at 300 people (fully seated) subject to the 1 person per 4sqm rule with no singing or dancing (except 20 nominated people in the wedding party can dance).
  • All other venues including hospitality venues, places of worship and corporate event venues (fully seated with no singing or dancing) will be subject to the 1 person per 4sqm rule.
  • Smaller hospitality venues will be allowed at least 25 people.
  • Singing indoors including choirs or places of worship will be limited to five people.
  • Masks will be recommended but no longer compulsory at retail shopping venues.
  • Masks will remain compulsory for front-of-house hospitality staff, on public transport, in places of worship, hairdressers, beauticians and gaming rooms.
  • Aged care facilities and other health settings such as hospitals will receive tailored advice from NSW Health specific to their locations in relation to requirements around mask wearing.

It is anticipated that all settings requiring the 4sqm rule will revert to the 1 person per 2sqm rule in two weeks’ time if current trends continue, subject to expert health advice.

Once the 1 person per 2sqm rule applies, it is anticipated fines will increase to reduce the risk of super spreading events.

Read the full announcement.

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