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NSW eases NYE restrictions after no new cases for 12th day

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Restrictions are set to ease across NSW to help celebrate the new year, the premier announced this morning.

Restrictions are set to ease across NSW to help celebrate the New Year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning.

This comes as NSW recorded the 12th consecutive day of no locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

There are five cases in hotel quarantine. More than 20,000 people tested to 8pm yesterday.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said now is not the time to become complacent and urged any returning travellers from SA to get tested.

NSW Health has asked people coming to NSW from South Australia to complete a declaration form.

Non-residents wishing to transit through the state will be allowed to do so, provided they take the most direct route and can do so in a way that poses no risk to others.

However, anyone who has visited any hotspot venues in SA will not be permitted to travel to NSW until the 14-day period has elapsed.

New Years Eve restrictions

A public health order specific to New Years Eve will be established to create a CBD exclusion zone, Ms Berejiklian said.

Anyone who intends to visit the CBD on New Years Eve will be required to have a permit or be able to demonstrate a booking at a café, restaurant or hotel.

"We don't want people roaming around the city because that's not COVID-safe," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Even if you are visiting a friend who lives in the CBD, you will need to apply for a permit."

The premier indicated residents of the CBD will also need a New Years Eve pass, which can be applied for via the Service NSW app from 7 December.

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"There will only be one firework display for seven minutes at midnight," Ms Berejiklian said.

Outdoor spaces to view the fireworks in the city will be designated only for frontline workers.

Everyone else is encouraged to stay at home, or in their suburbs, to bring in the new year.

Social Distancing requirements

The four square metre social distancing rule will remain in place for areas with unfixed seating, however venues with fixed-seating will allow one person per two square metres for New Years Eve.

The widespread implementation of the one person per two square metre rule is still being assessed, the premier said.

The public health order will also be amended to allow up to 3000 people to gather in outdoor space, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

Outdoor church services will also increase capacity from 300 people to 500 people, subject to COVID-safe plan.

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Source: 9News

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