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17 February, 2022

COVID-19 changes for Friday Feb 18

The NSW Government has begun easing COVID-19 restrictions, with changes coming as soon as Friday, February 18.

By Emily Middleton

As of TOMORROW (Friday, February 18), the following adjustments will be made to the current COVID-19 restrictions:

  • No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm for hospitality venues);
  • QR check-ins will only be required for nightclubs, and for all music festivals with more than 1000 people. Hospitals, aged and disability facilities may use their existing systems for recording visitors;
  • Singing and dancing will be permitted at all venues, except music festivals
  • The recommendation to work from home will change and be returned to the employer's discretion.

As of Friday, February 25, the following adjustments will be made to the settings:

  • Masks will only be mandated on public transport, planes, and indoors at airports, hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, corrections facilities and indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people;
  • Masks are encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others and for customer facing retail staff to protect vulnerable people who must access these premises and services;
  • Each State Government agency will review where it may be appropriate for public-facing staff to wear masks and will implement as necessary; and
  • The 20,000 person cap on music festivals will be removed, with singing and dancing permitted. Vaccination requirements will remain for indoor music festivals over 1000 people, with attendees required to have at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of February 21, hotel quarantine for unvaccinated returning travellers will be reduced from 14 to 7 days.

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