A bevy of coronavirus restrictions in New South Wales has been rolled back, including the return of singing and dancing and the scrapping of mandatory masks.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced the changes would come into effect next week.
From Monday, there will be no caps on the number of guests allowed at weddings and funerals.
Restrictions on singing and dancing in all venues will be eased – including weddings, pubs and nightclubs.
All venues will move to a one-person per two square metres rule.
Berejiklian confirmed that nightclubs would open – likely for the first time since the pandemic began – but said they would have to adhere to the two square metre rule.
“Our expectation is that one per two square metres gives us that extra level of comfort to mitigate against a super spreader event,” she said.
There will be no cap on visitors in household settings. However, if more than 100 people attend a home they must be registered electronically.
Outdoor public gatherings have been lifted to a cap of 200 people.
Mandatory masks will no longer be required in any setting, including on public transport.
There will also be a 100 per cent seated capacity at entertainment venues including stadiums and theatres.
Berejiklian announced the changes, admitting the state needed some positive news amid the flooding emergency.
“I appreciate the timing of this but I also appreciate how important it is for NSW to keep moving forward even during difficult times,” she said.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said it was a “testament” to the people of NSW for containing the virus.
“To have the freedoms and opportunities we have is a testament to the people of our state,” he said, citing the lockdowns being experienced elsewhere in the world.
He also said the changes were vital for businesses with the impending end of the JobKeeper wage subsidy.