3:45pm, 24th March, 2021
The NSW Government will permit dancefloors in venues and remove upper caps on wedding and wakes state-wide from Monday, 29 March 2021.
In announcing these forthcoming changes earlier today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian foreshadowed that the relaxation of restrictions across the state will coincide with additional compliance inspections by police and regulators.
The Premier’s announcement means that from Monday, 29 March, clubs may open dancefloors. The restrictions are subject to the physical distancing requirement of 1 person per 2 square metres.
Weddings and other significant events
Further, clubs that host weddings, wakes, funerals and other memorial services may determine capacity based on the 2 square metres rule, with no upper limit. Clubs may also permit dancefloors at weddings. The number of people on a dancefloor — at a wedding or during regular trading — must not exceed 1 patron per 2 square metres.
As per the Premier’s announcement, from Monday, 29 March, clubs which hold live entertainment in an indoor seated setting may permit 100 per cent capacity, on the condition that patrons are assigned to a specific seat. If a venue holds live entertainment indoors and the audience is not assigned to specific seats (e.g. if patrons stand), capacity is determined in accordance with the 2 square metres rule.
These rules also apply to other types of entertainment held in indoor seated facilities (e.g. theatres).
COVID-19 safety plan
Clubs are encouraged to ensure that their COVID-19 safety plan is based on the most up-to-date checklist.
For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre.