Today brings a raft of eased NSW coronavirus restrictions right in time for school holidays, but the winter break is going to look a little different this year.
From today, indoor venues including pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as functions, can hold any number of people, as long as they remain seated and stick to one person per four square metres.
Weddings can have up to 20 guests, excluding the couple getting married.
A maximum of 10,000 fans are allowed to fill stadiums for sporting or cultural events from today, while community sport can resume for kids and adults alike.
But some things are staying the same: the 20-guest limit on household and outdoor gatherings remains in place, which means nightclubs and music festivals are still off the cards.
What can I do this winter break?
Winter break begins in NSW from this weekend until July 19, meaning about a million students in the state will have two weeks worth of free time to fill.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and Luna Park will reopen this week, while the Blue Mountain’s Scenic World will also open its gates.
Ice-skating rinks across the state have reopened, along with museums, galleries, libraries and some cinemas — but are all subject to the four-square-metre rule.
If you’re eyeing off an alpine holiday in the state’s snowy region, be warned: although the 2020 season has gone ahead, slashed capacity resulted in mountain passes and accommodation mostly selling out.
Where can I travel?
Although international travel is still off the cards, NSW people are free to visit Queensland, Victoria and the ACT these school holidays — however, there are a few catches.
Although she has refused to shut the Victoria-NSW border, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian commanded people not to travel to Melbourne at all and encouraged NSW accommodation vendors to bar Melburnians.
From July 10, Queensland will welcome travellers from every state except Victoria, whose citizens will need to quarantine for 14 days before they can visit the sunshine state.
Everyone else will need to sign a form swearing they haven’t been to Victoria in the past two weeks and Health Minister Steven Miles warned that “strict penalties will apply for people who lie to us about any travel to Victoria”.
Travel to South Australia is not permitted for NSW or Victorian people, after the SA Government scrapped plans to fully reopen their borders by July 20.
The NT said they plan to open their borders on July 17, but people who live in Melbourne “hotspots” will have to self-isolate for 14 days at their own cost upon arrival.
Tasmania’s borders are still shut to interstate travellers.