GOOD NEWS: NSW and South Australia to ease restrictions on events and venues from Friday

Two states have announced an easing of restrictions for certain types of events and venues, as Australia continues to keep the lid on COVID-19.

From 12:01am on Friday 26 February, 30 people will be allowed to dance at weddings across NSW, with rotation on and off the dance floor allowed.

The number of performers allowed to sing indoors in NSW will increase from five to 30, subject to physical distancing requirements.

The state’s cinemas will be allowed to increase their capacity to 100 per cent, and homes will be able to have 50 visitors per day.

In a further boost of confidence, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be allowed from Wednesday 17 March, if current trends continue.

“With the rollout of the vaccine now underway, and no new locally acquired cases in NSW, we are able to make further changes towards a new ‘COVID normal’,” she said.

“I thank the community for following the health advice to keep the virus at bay. However, we cannot become complacent.”

The update from the NSW government comes shortly after Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced the launch of the $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund, which will provide grants to boost major events in regional areas.

Meanwhile, South Australia will ease its border restrictions with Greater Melbourne and welcome back dancing in licensed venues, as part of eased restrictions announced today.

From 12:01am on Friday, there will be no restrictions on travellers from Greater Melbourne, including no requirement for COVID testing upon entry.

Furthermore, dancing will be permitted in venues across South Australia that cater to less than 200 people.

Venues with 200 to 1,000 people will be required to have a designated dancefloor with a cap of 50 people dancing at any one time. Venues with over 1,000 people will need a COVID management plan approved by SA Health.

SA Premier Steven Marshall announced the changes today following the state’s Transition Committee meeting, noting that Victoria has “got on top of their outbreak” and the removal of border restrictions to Victoria would be a “huge relief”.