Blow the dust off your dancing shoes, Sydney: dance floors are back. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced at a press conference this morning that a raft of coronavirus restrictions will be eased from next Monday, March 29.
In truly thrilling news, dancing and singing is now allowed in any setting – not just at weddings – and nightclubs can reopen from Monday under the two-person per square metre rule. There are no longer caps on the number of people who can attend weddings and funerals, and you can have as many people in your home as you can fit. (But if you have more than 100 people over, you must keep an electronic record of who was there.) Caps on sporting events and entertainment venues have also been lifted, with 100 per cent capacity permitted for venues including stadiums and theatres. All venues will return to the two square-metre rule, and outdoor gatherings are permitted 200 people.
Masks are no longer mandatory in any setting – even public transport. However, Berejiklian did recommend that those catching transport at busier times, or who can't socially distance for whatever reason, should consider masking up.
"These easing of restrictions will only work if we all stay Covid-safe, which means good social distancing, but it also means registering QR codes wherever we go," said Berejiklian.
The announcement comes as NSW reports zero new community cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.