What’s changing as restrictions ease in NSW

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A number of COVID-19 restrictions will ease in the coming days as NSW continues to keep community transmission of the virus at extremely low numbers.

Here’s what’s changing…


The dance ban is over – at least for some. Members of the official wedding party can now hit the dance floor, with a limit of 20.

You can’t change the 20 throughout the night – it’s only the Bridal party permitted to get their groove on.

School Changes

From Term 4, Kindergarten orientation, Year 7 transition, excursions and camps can all resume with strict COVID-safe guidelines.

Playing wind instruments, singing and chanting will also be permitted with strict restrictions. Year 6 formals and graduations will be permitted.

High school formals are permitted from November 12.

Interschool activities will return from September 26.

Community Sport

From this weekend, more than one parent may attend community sporting activities. Family members can cheer on from the sidelines as long as they’re maintaining social distancing.

Stadium capacities

From October 1, Sydney’s three major stadiums – ANZ Stadium, the SCG and Bankwest Stadium – will be allowed to host crowds at 50 per cent capacity, just in time for the NRL Finals.

People will need to wear masks when not seated, including when entering or exiting the venue.

An announcement is looming on whether Panthers Stadium will be able to increase its capacity for next weekend’s home Final.

Conferences and corporate events

From October 1, corporate events will be able to host up to 300 people as long as all attendees are seated.

Live performances

From October 1, theatres and concert venues will be able to sell tickets for 50 per cent capacity of their venues up to 1000 people.

This will pave the way for live performances to return in theatres across New South Wales.

Private gatherings

There is no change to the rules around private gatherings.

No more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place, and a limit of 20 visitors may attend a household at one time. A member of the household is not counted as a visitor.

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