Restrictions imposed during COVID-19 will be further eased next month with strict social distancing rules, the NSW Government has announced.
From July 1, the new rules keeping the state COVID-Safe mean: The number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the ‘one person per 4 square metre’ rule, with no upper limit. This includes function centres. All activity must be seated only. Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and seated and follow strict guidelines.
On compassionate grounds, restrictions on funerals will immediately be eased to allow the four square metre rule to apply. All other restrictions including 20 guests inside the home and 20 for outside gatherings remain the same.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW was able to further ease restrictions due to the limited community transmission of COVID-19. “The community has worked incredibly hard over the past few months which has allowed us to be where we are today,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“However we can’t let our guard down. People need to come forward for testing with the mildest of symptoms and practise good hand hygiene and social distancing.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro has consulted with peak business, industry and community bodies on the changes as part of the Government’s reopening strategy. “We are keen to open the economy in a COVID-safe way. The government will also be considering solutions for smaller venues, particularly in regional NSW, where the 4m2 rule is not practical for small businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.