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Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings eased

The Office of Local Government have advised that gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people under a relaxation of COVID-19 rules. From this Friday (October 23) up to 30 people can gather in outdoor public spaces, an increase from 20, and up to 30 customers per booking and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues will be allowed, an increase from 10. As of last Friday (October 16) the following changes came into effect:

  • Corporate functions of up to 300 people can now be held at an appropriate premises, including at restaurants

  • A music rehearsal or performance of up to 500 people may be held in an outdoor public place

  • Up to 150 people may attend weddings, and

  • Up to 100 people may attend funerals and religious services.

All events and premises must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. Additionally, from December 1 the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people from 150, subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors. Businesses wishing to take advantage of the relaxed restrictions must use electronic methods, like QR codes, to record and keep contact details. Please continue to check this page for updates on restrictions. Restrictions relaxed for Remembrance Day

Groups of up to 100 people will be able to gather for Remembrance Day services across NSW after the approval of a one-off exemption from COVID-19 restrictions. The one-off exemption to the Public Health Order increases the current restrictions from 20 people to 100 people, to gather at community war memorials, provided they adhere to social distancing measures and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The exemption is in place for Remembrance Day services held before November 12. Planning for a NSW State Commemorative Service in Martin Place is currently underway.


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