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NSW to enjoy HUGE easing of Covid rules after 38 days with no cases

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/02/2021 01:14:16 Charlie Coë For Daily Mail Australia
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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 sing in choirs and congregations as long as they wear a mask and dance together at weddings.

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. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Dancing at weddings - until now considered to be too high risk - will be allowed again in New South Wales from Friday. File image © Provided by Daily MailDancing 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

Up to 50 people can gather for gym classes as long as the four square-metre rule is followed

Up to 30 people can sing in choirs and congregations

One hundred per cent capacity allowed at cinemas 

From March 17: 

Patrons can stand and drink indoors at pubs 

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 household gathering limits was conditional on people in NSW social distancing in indoor venues.

'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.' 

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. 

Gladys Berejiklian, Brad Hazzard are posing for a picture © Provided by Daily Mail a group of people sitting at a table: Patrons from March 17 can stand up when drinking at indoor venues. Pictured are diners at a Sydney bar on February 12 © Provided by Daily MailPatrons from March 17 can stand up when drinking at indoor venues. Pictured are diners at a Sydney bar on February 12

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. 

More to come 

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