Millions of Australians will enjoy MAJOR one-off changes to covid restrictions for New Year's Eve - but Sydney will throw the shortest fireworks display ever with permits needed to even enter the CBD
Millions of Australians will enjoy major one-off changes to coronavirus restrictions on New Year's Eve but permits will be required to enter Sydney's CBD.
New South WalesPremier Gladys Berejiklianannounced on Thursday the famous Sydney CBD fireworks display would only run for seven minutes.
Anyone hoping to visiting family or friends who live in Sydney's CBD on December 31 will be required to carry a permit.
But up to 3,000 people in regional NSW will be able to attend outdoor events as long as they adhere to coronavirus guidelines.
Ms Berejiklian said the relaxed rules would allow festive celebrations but urged residents to remain vigilant against coronavirus.
'Even though we're easing these restrictions as one-offs, it doesn't reduce how contagious the virus is or how concerned we might be if suddenly an outbreak consumed a large number of people in a particular location,' she said.
'This can only work if all of us stick together and do the right thing.'
The seven-minute-long firework display will be severely restricted and only other people with bookings at restaurants or hospitality venues will be allowed in.
A small number of frontline public service workers like nurses, police, cleaners and transport workers will also be permitted to watch the display.
CBD residents and guests can apply for the NYE permit but other Sydneysiders have been urged to remain in their suburbs or in their homes.
Choirs of up to 30 people will be allowed to perform from November 23 but anyone singing in the audience will be required to wear a mask.
The NSW Government will also match funeral gathering numbers with corporate events and weddings and can have up to 300 people from December 1.
Outdoor church services will also increase capacity to 500 people.
Updated restrictions will allow events with allocated seating to have one person per two-square-metres.
Events where people are sitting on picnic rugs must adhere to a four-square-metres per person rule.
Ms Berejiklian said she was keeping a 'watching brief' on the situation but gathering limits would remain at 20 people as homes were considered 'a high risk activity'.
Sydneysiders hoping to attend any New Year's Eve functions within the CBD zone will need to apply for the permit through Service NSW from December 7.
NSW has gone 12 days since recording any community transmitted coronavirus cases and announced five cases in hotel quarantine on Thursday.