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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Restrictions to ease in time for Christmas

Families across the Hunter will be able to host larger Christmas celebrations next month after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

“The community has done an incredible job this year under trying circumstances,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I hope these changes provide a boost to the hospitality industry and give people certainty in how they can celebrate safely with family, friends and colleagues over the Christmas and New Year period.”

From Tuesday 1 December, more people will be allowed to gather both at home and in outdoor public spaces, and smaller hospitality venues can increase their capacity.

Under the new restrictions, residents will be allowed to host up to 50 people at their homes as long as an outdoor space is being utilised, it is recommended that no more than 30 people gather if the residence has no outdoor area.

The same number of people will be allowed to gather in outdoor public spaces.

Small hospitality venues (up to 200 square metres in size) will be allowed to have one person per two square metres indoors.

From Monday 14 November, the Public Health Order requiring employers to allow employees to work from home will also be repealed.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has worked closely with the experts at NSW Health to ease restrictions safely for end of year celebrations.

“It’s important we work together to keep the community safe; so where possible gather together outdoors, get tested if you have any symptoms and if you are elderly or have underlying health issues you should be particularly cautious,” Mr Hazzard said.