Millions of Australians will be allowed to enjoy singing and dancing together in large groups from Friday in two states as coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
From 12.01am on Friday, Premier Gladys Berejikilian has ordered gathering limits be eased in New South Wales to allow up to 50 people in private homes.
Similar rules are also changing in South Australia, allowing revellers to dance in small venues, and in groups of 50 in large venues.
Weddings in NSW, which are capped at 300 guests, will now be able to allow guests to dance with each other, lifting the previous restrictions that only the bridal party was allowed on the dancefloor.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) is easing coronavirus restrictions in NSW from Friday
Patrons from March 17 can stand up when drinking at indoor venues. Pictured are diners at a Sydney bar on February 12
Ms Berkijikilan asked hosts to remain vigilant in ensuring guests with Covid symptoms do not attend, saying : ‘Please be careful if you are taking up this opportunity. Make sure there is good ventilation, good distancing.’
Wedding parties must have a rotation in place, however, allowing groups of only 30 guests on the dancefloor at once.
The move follows the state having logged no locally acquired infections for a 39th straight day on Thursday – as the country entered the fourth day of a national vaccination programme.
‘With the rollout of the vaccine now underway and no new locally acquired cases in NSW, we are able to make further changes towards a new COVID normal,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
In NSW 3,200 people were vaccinated in the first two days of the program.
Gayathry Vellangalloor Srinivasan, an Environmental Services Supervisor, is watched by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left), NSW Chief Medical Health Officer Kerry Chant (second right) and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard (right) as she receives the states first Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Vaccination Hub in Sydney
Dancefloors will once again open up in Sydney from Friday, however, limits of 30 people must be adhered to (file image)
Up to 30 people will also be allowed to sing in choirs and congregations from Friday as long as they wear a face mask and adhere to physical distancing.
Ms Berejiklian added that is the state continues to experience low numbers the wedding cap will be revisited in three weeks.
In gyms, 50 people will be allowed in group classes, up from 30, but the four square metre rule must be adhered to.
Restrictions will be further eased on March 17, barring any unexpected outbreaks of coronavirus in the state.
Patrons at pubs and clubs will be able to stand and drink while indoors.
Restrictions are also being eased in South Australia from Friday.
Dancing will be now allowed at smaller venues with capacity of less than 200 people, while at bigger venues, 50 can dance at a time at a designated area.
The state will also drop testing requirements for visitors from Melbourne, which had previously been a COVID-19 hotspot.
Singing in groups will be allowed from Friday in New South Wales was coronavirus restrictions ease
Commuters wearing face masks outside St. James Station in Sydney on January 4. Households in NSW will be allowed to welcome 50 visitors from Friday at 12.01am
WHAT’S CHANGING IN NEW SOUTH WALES
From Friday, February 26 at 12.01am:
Up to 50 people allowed inside a home
Dance floor gathering limits will be capped at 30 people at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor
Up to 50 people can gather for gym classes (up from 30) as long as the four square-metre rule is followed
Up to 30 people can sing in choirs and congregations if masks are worn and four square-metre rule is in place
One hundred per cent capacity allowed at cinemas
From March 17:
If current trend continues, patrons can stand and drink indoors at pubs