Gladys Berejiklian MP
Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Parliament

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Friday, 05 February 2021

Restrictions will be eased across the Greater Sydney region following updated healthadvice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.The following measures will be effective from 12.01am Friday, 29 January for theGreater 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 tothe 1 person per 4sqm rule with no singing or dancing (except 20 nominatedpeople in the wedding party can dance). All other venues including hospitality venues, places of worship and corporateevent venues (fully seated with no singing or dancing) will be subject to the 1person 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 fivepeople. Masks will be recommended but no longer compulsory at retail shoppingvenues. Masks will remain compulsory for front-of-house hospitality staff, on publictransport, in places of worship, hairdressers, beauticians and gaming rooms. Aged care facilities and other health settings such as hospitals will receivetailored advice from NSW Health specific to their locations in relation torequirements around mask wearing.It is anticipated that all settings requiring the 4sqm rule will revert to the 1 person per2sqm 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 reducethe risk of super spreading events.Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked the community for their patience andunderstanding over the past few weeks.“The community has been outstanding in containing this outbreak. The sacrifice andefforts of everyone is why we can ease restrictions today,” Ms Berejiklian said.“We must remain vigilant – it is critical we are getting tested with the mildest ofsymptoms, follow the health advice and continue to be COVID-Safe right across theState.”Deputy Premier John Barilaro said these eased restrictions will provide some relief forvenues, businesses and communities state-wide.“These changes will provide more certainty to plan events such as weddings andfunctions, and will give businesses more clarity around restrictions while still remainingCOVID-Safe” Mr Barilaro said.Health Minister Brad Hazzard said even if you have tested negative before, it is criticalyou come forward again if you develop symptoms, no matter how mild.“Anyone experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, even if they are mild, must isolateimmediately, get tested and continue to isolate until a negative result is received,” MrHazzard.Dr Kerry Chant said high testing rates are critical to NSW Health’s efforts to identifyCOVID-19 cases and prevent the virus from spreading.“This is particularly important in areas where we’ve had recent cases, particularlywestern and south-west Sydney,” Dr Chant said.For the latest information and COVID-19 testing sites please