NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today that more COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from 12.01am on Friday, February 26, across both Greater Sydney and NSW.

Fifty visitors will now be allowed in the home; 30 people will be allowed to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor; class limits for gyms will be increased to 50 people (currently 30) subject to the 4sqm rule; the number of performers singing indoors will be increased to 30 (currently five) subject to physical distancing requirements; singing by congregants will be allowed in places of worship if masks are worn (subject to one person per 4sqm) – currently, no congregant singing allowed, with one per 2sqm permitted in places of worship; and capacity for cinemas will increase to 100 per cent.

If current trends continue, drinking while standing up at indoor venues will be allowed in three weeks’ time from Wednesday, March 17.

Ms Berejiklian said the easing of restrictions was due to the support of the NSW community.

“With the rollout of the vaccine now underway, and no new locally acquired cases in NSW, we are able to make further changes towards a new ‘COVID normal’,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I thank the community for following the health advice to keep the virus at bay. However, we cannot become complacent.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said today’s announcement was another step forward for NSW.

“Each time we are able to further ease restrictions it’s another shot of confidence for the NSW economy,” Mr Perrottet said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW has come a long way since the virus arrived here and we should be proud of the position we are in.

“This week NSW started rolling out the vaccine across the state and now we are further easing restrictions, which is a fantastic achievement,” Mr Hazzard said.

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