Easing of COVID-19 restrictions from December 1


Larger gatherings and increased capacity for hospitality venues are a feature of eased COVID-19 restrictions. “The community has done an incredible job this year under trying circumstances,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “I hope these changes provide a boost to the hospitality industry and give people certainty in how they can celebrate safely with family, friends and colleagues over the Christmas and New Year period.”

From Tuesday, 1 December:

Up to 50 people (currently 20) can visit a residence as long as an outdoor space is used. If the residence has no outdoor area, the recommended limit is no more than 30 people.

Up to 50 people can gather outdoors in a public space (currently 30).

Small hospitality venues (up to 200 square metres in size) can have one person per two square metres indoors.

From Monday, 14 December:

The Public Health Order requiring employers to allow employees to work from home (where it is reasonably practicable to do so) will be repealed. Employers are encouraged to stagger staff starting and finishing times to reduce the impact on public transport. Customers using public transport are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the increased capacity at smaller hospitality venues would make a big difference to cafés and small restaurants across the State. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government had worked closely with the experts at NSW Health to ease restrictions ahead of Christmas. He stressed the importance of co-operation and the need for people to get tested if they experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, particularly if elderly or have underlying health issues.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the increased number of people moving around during the holiday period meant it was vital people continued to present for testing. “More people will be hosting gatherings in their homes, going out for lunches and dinners and socialising – so if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, please come forward for testing,” Dr Chant said.

The nearest COVID-19 testing centre for West Pittwater residents is Mona Vale Hospital, Building 14, Community Health Centre, Coronation Street, Mona Vale.

Ring 9998 6296 to register for testing.


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