Sydney venues revert to 2sqm rule from Friday

The change follows updated advice from the chief health officer.

COVID-19 restrictions will ease across Greater Sydney this week, following updated health advice from New South Wales chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant. 

From 12:01am Friday 12 February, the 1 person per 2 square metres rule will apply at all event and hospitality venues across the Greater Sydney region, including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains.

Weddings and funerals will still be subject to a 300-person limit.

Also from Friday, face masks will only be mandatory on public transport, but will strongly be encouraged in other indoor venues where social distancing is not possible.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said moving to the 2 square metre rule will allow most venues to double their capacity.

“However, as we ease restrictions it is important we don’t let our guard down – the community needs to continue to play their role in being COVID-safe and coming forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms,” she said.

Dr Chant advised people not to become complacent, despite there being no recent cases of community transmission.

“We need to continue to practice COVID-safe behaviours and stay home and get tested if unwell,” she said.

For the latest on NSW COVID-19 restrictions, click here.

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