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This year New Year’s Eve will be celebrated differently across the country, as state premiers enforce a range of COVID-19 restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Much like the rest of 2020, this New Year's Eve will be like no other.

With some states battling a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases and others attempting to go COVID-free into 2021, coronavirus restrictions differ depending on the region.

Here's what you can and cannot do across the country tonight:

New South Wales

NSW is the state with the toughest restrictions this NYE after 18 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday and an additional 10 today.

"Your New Year's plans will have to change," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a press conference today.

Indoor gatherings are now limited to five people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 30.

These rules apply to residents in Greater Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains from December 31 until further notice.

Sings have been erected at Sydney's Bronte beach, urging residents to comply with restrictions this NYE.Plans to give frontline workers a prime spot to watch Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks were scrapped earlier this week and much of the harbour has now been fenced off.

Bars, pubs and other venues can hold events, but must stick to the one person per four-square-metre rule.

The Northern Beaches remains split into two zones - north and south - with no crossing allowed between the two.

A detailed outline for NSW restrictions can be viewed here.


Victorians will need to scale back New Year's Eve celebrations after recording six new coronavirus cases in Melbourne.

From 5pm today, the number of people allowed to gather in private homes will be reduced from 30 to 15, and masks will again be mandatory indoors.

Victoria Acting Premier Jacinta Allan said if you were planning a New Year's Eve party, "you will need to reduce your numbers".

"If you are planning on coming into the city, only people with a booking at a hospitality venue are requested to come into the city," she said.

The last-minute restrictions on the last day of the year apply to all of Victoria, not just metropolitan Melbourne.

Up to 100 people can gather outdoors in public from any number of households.

The government has encouraged residents to wear a face mask when the 1.5 metres rule cannot be maintained.

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In Queensland you can host 50 people inside your homes and can gather in groups of 100 in a public place.

The main fireworks displays in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast have been cancelled, but there's still set to be plenty of celebrations across the state.

There will still be some smaller fireworks displays in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, but they are expected to fill up very quickly.

Dancing is still allowed inside licenced venues and many events require a ticket.

"Pashing a stranger at the pub on midnight is not advisable," the Queensland Government said in a statement.

Border restrictions remain in place for NSW hot spots, with an additional border checkpoint to be put in place in an attempt to ease border traffic.


ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced a lifting of restrictions in the capital last week.

However, a travel ban for those from Greater Sydney, Wollongong, and the Central Coast has been extended to January 6.

For the second year in a row, there will be no fireworks display in the ACT.

Pubs and bars are allowed to host patrons in compliance with the two-square-metre rule.

South Australia

From 12.01am tonight, South Australia will close its border with NSW.

This means for anyone planning to spend time in the state after NYE will have to reconsider their plans unless they reside in SA, are planning to permanently relocate to the state or are an essential worker.

South Australia will reinstate the hard border with NSW from midnight tonight.

"This morning we received advice which would suggest we need to strengthen our border restrictions from NSW," Premier Steven Marshall said in a press conference today.

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Fireworks displays have been called off in SA and there is a 200-person cap for licensed venues.

Residents in SA are still able to host parties at a cap of 50 people at private homes, regardless of whether the party is held indoors or outdoors

Western Australia

Western Australia is the place to be with most events going ahead after 263 days of no community spread.

There are multiple fireworks displays across the city and Perth Zoo will stay open late for families.

Large gatherings only need to follow the two-square-metre rule.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government requires gatherings of 100 to 500 people to provide a COVID-19 safety checklist.

Events of 500 people need approval from the state's chief health officer.


The River Derwent fireworks will go ahead.

The Hobart City Council is encouraging people to watch the fireworks from a range of viewpoints.

Map of New Year's Eve fireworks viewing locations in Hobart.

Tasmania has a two-square-meter rule in place, but with a limit of 250 people for an indoor venue.

Outdoors, 1,000 people are allowed to gather.

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