Covid-19 updates

From Monday, 23 November - Increased capacity for outdoor religious services, also outdoor events such as concerts:

For outdoor religious services - Up to 500 people outdoors, provided the audience is seated (with 1 person per 2 square metres if assigned a seat, or 1 person per 4 square metres if seated in an allocated seated area (e.g. where the grass is marked or on picnic rugs)

Increased capacity for outdoors singing and carols:

Up to 30 singers will be permitted outdoors, subject to COVID-safe requirements (the limit of 5 remains for indoor venues). The audience or congregation may participate in the singing, but anyone 12 years or older must wear a mask.

Increased capacity for controlled outdoor events (such as concerts) that are ticketed and held in an enclosed or fenced area:

Up to 3000 people can attend with 1 person per 2 square metres if assigned a seat, or 1 person per 4 square metres if seated in an allocated seated area (e.g. where the grass is marked or on picnic rugs).

In addition, capacity at funerals will increase to 300 people from 1 December.

New Year's Eve - for details of New Year's Eve celebrations check the NSW Govt website here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/major-events/new-years-eve


Special exemption will allow more people to attend Remembrance Day services;

An exemption will apply for NSW Remembrance Day services which will allow gatherings of up to 100 people in a COVID Safe way.

The one-off exemption will apply for services at NSW community war memorials. All services must:

  • comply with current social distancing measures

  • have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.


COVID-19 restrictions for religious gatherings and gyms eased from Friday 23 October 2020.

Under the eased restrictions:

  • religious gatherings and places of worship (excluding weddings and funerals) can have up to 300 people attending

  • NSW gyms will only be required to have a COVID-19 safety marshal if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time.

People attending religious services will be required to provide personal details in case of contact tracing. The use of face masks is strongly recommended for all services.

COVID-19 safety plans must be in place for all religious gatherings and gyms across NSW.

People attending gyms are reminded to follow the COVID-19 recommendations to help stop the spread of the virus:

  • visit facilities during quieter periods

  • practice good hygiene before, during and after working out

  • maintain physical distance at all times

  • wipe down equipment with disinfectant after each use.

for more info on COVID-19 rules in NSW go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Numbers to increase for gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants in NSW, from Fri 23rd October.

From Friday 23rd October:

• 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces (previously this was 20);

• 30 customers per booking, and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues (previously the rule was a maximum of 10);

• In addition, as of Friday 16 October, corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at any appropriate premises, including at restaurants, subject to a COVID-Safe plan (previously just function centres).

Additionally, from 1 December, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors. This advance notice is intended allow people to make plans and book venues knowing the capacity ahead of time.

Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.

For more details check NSW Govt info at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19


Increased numbers of patrons allowed in outdoor hospitality venues from Fri 16th Oct

From Friday, 16 October 2020 restrictions at hospitality venues in NSW will be eased to allow one patron for every two square metres in outdoor areas (previously this was one person per four square metres).

Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details.

More details can be found here https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-19-restrictions-eased


Increased numbers allowed for outdoor music events in NSW from 13th Oct 2020

Under changes effective immediately, 500 people will be able to attend outdoor seated music performances and rehearsals, subject to the four square metre rule and people being seated (previously only 20 people were permitted).

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From Sat 26th Sept - More families can attend community sports, more school and inter-school activities allowed, and a modest increase to dancing at weddings.


Weddings

Up to 20 people in the official wedding party to take to the dance floor, where previously only the happy couple were permitted

Community sport

From this weekend (i.e. Sat 26th Sept), more than one parent may now attend community sporting activities if physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres can be maintained between people that are not from the same household.

School camps/carnivals

Accommodation facilities and overnight event organisers should develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

All carpooling should continue to be avoided.



Changes to Term 4 school guidelines include:


  • Community Languages Schools Program will recommence face to face learning

  • interschool activities can recommence on September 26 2020 where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place

  • playing wind instruments, singing and chanting is permitted with strict restrictions

  • Year 6 formals and graduations are permitted

  • high school formals are permitted from 12 November 2020 to limit any HSC disruption

  • Kindergarten orientation, Year 7 transition, excursions and camps can resume with strict guidelines.

  • Musical ensembles can also resume, as long as players keep a 1.5 metre distance from one another, or three metres for players of non-reeded woodwind instruments.

School Holidays

There is no restriction on school holiday travel within NSW for people who live within the state however, anyone who is unwell should defer travel plans and get tested.


For more details go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19