Six top tips to celebrate a COVID Safe Mardi Gras

Westmead staff head to the helipad of the CASB – the highest health building in Australia – to kick off Mardi Gras 2021 celebrations.
(L-R) Wesley Embree (Dental student), Bhagya Yadav (General services), Kris Esler (Emergency Clerk), Michael Kerr (Nurse), Mark Ghareeb (Security officer), Ashley Everson (Emergency Department Doctor) and Keira McLoskey (Dental student)

The 2021 Mardi Gras Festival will keep all its colour and remain a celebration of pride for the LGBTIQA+ community and its allies with organisers ensuring it can take place in a COVID Safe way.

The iconic Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 6 March has moved from Sydney’s Oxford Street to the Sydney Cricket Ground so it can be a ticketed – and COVID Safe – event. It will also be broadcast live on SBS.

According to organisers, the SCG is “one of the safest venues for us to stage the event” and helps meet physical distancing and contact tracing requirements.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, queer communities and relationships have faced the same challenges as the broader community and a safe celebration of pride this weekend is an opportunity for spirits to rise again – the theme for this year’s Mardi Gras.

Six top tips for a COVID Safe Mardi Gras:

  1. Stay home if you are unwell- if you’re experiencing any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of smell or taste, please get tested and stay at home.
  2. Self-isolate if you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been to a hotspot.
  3. Wear a mask on public transport- masks are compulsory on public transport (including taxis and ride share) and public transport waiting areas in Greater Sydney
  4. Practise good hygiene- wash your hands or sanitise regularly and cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  5. Check in to venues using COVID Safe Check-in on the Service NSW app.
  6. Practise physical distancing of 1.5m, avoid congregating, and remain seated inside venues.

COVID-19 restrictions eased on Friday 26 February 2021 with 50 visitors now allowed in the home across Greater Sydney and NSW.

When celebrating this weekend, it’s worth remembering 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.

For more information about how to party safely, please visit the NSW Health Your Room website, run by the Alcohol and Drug Information Service, here.

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