COVID-19 restrictions to ease from Friday across Greater Sydney

After working together to help stop the spread, COVID-19 restrictions are set to be eased across Greater Sydney and NSW this week.

This comes as welcome news for the residents of western Sydney, their families and friends.

Restrictions that will be eased from 12.01am Friday, 26 February include:

  • 50 visitors will now be allowed in the home;
  • 30 people allowed to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor;
  • Increased class limits for gyms to 50 people (currently 30) subject to the 4sqm rule;
  • Number of performers singing indoors increased to 30 (currently 5) subject to physical distancing requirements;
  • Singing by congregants allowed in places of worship if masks are worn and subject to one person per 4sqm (currently no congregant singing allowed, with one per 2sqm permitted in places of worship);
  • Increase capacity for cinemas to 100 per cent; and
  • If current trends continue, drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be allowed in three weeks’ time (from Wednesday, 17 March).

Even though restrictions are easing, the community should remain vigilant about the potential for COVID-19 to spread.

COVID-19 can be transmitted more easily in crowded indoor settings. Outdoor settings and well ventilated spaces should be used where available to reduce the risk of COVID transmission, along with good hand hygiene.

People have been urged to remain vigilant for symptoms and should come forward for testing – even for the mildest of symptoms – after NSW’s ongoing sewage surveillance program detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the Auburn sewage network.

Please be alert for symptoms if you live or work in the suburbs of Condell Park, Bankstown, Potts Hill, Birrong, Sefton, Bass Hill, Chester Hill, Regents Park, Chullora, Homebush West, Strathfield, Rookwood, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington, Granville, Clyde, Lidcombe, Auburn, South Granville, Guildford, Silverwater, Rosehill, Berala and Yagoona.

Please visit here to find your nearest testing clinic or contact your GP.

For the latest information on COVID-19 please visit the NSW Health website.