Up to 500 people will be allowed at outdoor religious events, and up to 3,000 may attend a concert, subject to social distancing requirements.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard made the announcement today, the 16th consecutive day of no community transmission in the state.
“Starting today, there will be an increased capacity for outdoor church services, so we have up to 500 people outdoors, but as long as the audience is seated,” Hazzard said.
“So if there is one person for every two square meters, it applies if they are in a seat, or one person for every four square meters if they are on a carpet, seated in a group.”
Up to 30 people will be allowed to sing together as long as they are outdoors and socially distant. The limit of five people singing together indoors is maintained.
“In the case of a church congregation, you can participate by singing, which I think is something everyone wants to do, but if you are over 12 years old, you really should wear, you should actually wear a mask,” Hazzard said. said.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said further restrictions will be relaxed “imminently”, and another announcement will be made later in the week.
“I want to tell the hospitality industry and residents and citizens that we want to give them as much advance notice as possible about Christmas planning,” said Ms. Berejiklian.
QR codes are also required in NSW as of today, and pencil and paper sign-in sheets are no longer accepted.
Businesses and venues can have their own QR codes, but they are encouraged to use the New South Wales government app so customers can save their details.
“We are getting rid of the paper that is sometimes very difficult to understand or to interpret the scribbles that are written there,” New South Wales Minister of Customer Service Victor Dominello said today.
“We ditch the technology and go digital because it makes it much, much easier for great people in health doing contact tracing … as the prime minister said, companies can have their own, but we strongly recommend that you use the QR Code Service, QR code service, it’s fast, it’s free, it’s accurate, and there are privacy protections built into it, “Dominello added.