NSW COVID restrictions ease: the new rules for pubs, choirs and gyms

 Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes on Wednesday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the changes on Wednesday.

Restrictions on indoor gatherings, dancing at weddings and choirs in NSW will ease from Friday but the premier is warning people not to let their guard down despite the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

NSW recorded its 38th straight day of no new local cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, and just one case in hotel quarantine.

More than 3200 people were vaccinated in three NSW hubs in the first two days of the rollout, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday.

COVID-19 vaccinations began in NSW on Monday, with frontline health workers among the first to receive the jab.

Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend gym classes as part of eased NSW virus restrictions.

Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend gym classes as part of eased NSW virus restrictions.

Ms Berejiklian announced indoor gathering limits would rise to 50 people on Friday, up from 30. Caps at weddings will remain at 300 but up to 30 people will be permitted to dance at any one time.

There will be 50 people allowed in gym classes, while indoor choirs can now number 30.

Standing and drinking at an indoor bar will be permitted from St Patrick's Day if no further COVID-19 outbreaks occur before March 17.

"It will be some months before any significant amount of the population has access to the vaccine," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

"We know we cannot let our guard down.

"Even though we are easing restrictions it's more important than ever to make sure we check in when we go to venues, keep our social distance, get tested if we have the mildest of symptoms and make sure we follow all the other rules."

NSW will use the Pfizer vaccine for the next three weeks, but after that most people will be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Australian Associated Press

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