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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney-advice from Service NSW

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney-advice from Service NSW

What you need to know about celebrating New Year’s Eve including how many people can gather at home or outdoors, and arrangements for Sydney’s fireworks.

  • Find out about green and yellow zones
  • Register your business
    For businesses in the Green Zone
  • Apply for a NYE pass
    For residents, guests, staff and patrons
  • Wednesday 30 December

    For New Year’s Eve in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) the following will apply;

    • Household gatherings will be limited to 5 visitors (including children).
    • The limit for outdoor gatherings will be reduced from 50 to 30.

    Restrictions for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches remain the same but for the southern zone of the Northern Beaches the following will now apply:

    • Household gatherings will be limited to 5 visitors from within your zone (including children).

    These changes come into effect from midnight tonight (Wednesday 30 December) and will be in place until further notice.

    People are encouraged to limit non-essential gatherings over the New Year period where possible to further minimise the risk of transmission in the community.

    Find out about the update on restrictions – effective midnight 30 December.

  • New Year’s Green Zone registration for business

    Register your business in the Green Zone so your customers and staff can apply for a New Year’s Eve Pass.


    Restrictions have changed for businesses in the Green Zone

    • Capacity at hospitality venues is limited to one person per 4 square metres.
    • Businesses and venue operators are responsible for contacting impacted customers and guests if their booking needs to be cancelled due to reduced venue capacity.
    • Make sure you update your COVID Safety Plan and keep a copy at your business so you can show it to an Authorised Officer if required.

    New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney will be different this year. A designated Green Zone will be established around Circular Quay and The Rocks to keep everyone COVID Safe.

    Your customers and staff will need a New Year’s Eve Pass to enter the Green Zone. This will help control crowd numbers around Sydney Harbour.

    Map of New Year’s Eve Zones

    Who requires a New Year’s Eve Pass?

    Only certain people will be allowed to enter the Green Zone and they will require a New Year’s Eve Pass to do so. This includes:

    • customers with confirmed bookings at venues such as restaurants, hotels, bars and ticketed events
    • staff of these venues and events
    • residents who live inside the zone, and their guests.

    Registering your business to accept customers

    Businesses in the Green Zone need to register to accept customers.

    The online application process is quick and easy. You’ll need to supply details like:

    • ABN
    • business address
    • the number of customers or patrons attending your venue in total (not including staff).

    You’ll be able to register online at ServiceNSW from Monday 7 December up until 30 December 2020.

    Sharing your registration code with customers

    Once your business is approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your unique registration code.

    You need to forward the registration code to your customers with a New Year’s Eve booking at your venue. They will use your code to apply for a New Year’s Eve Pass.

    All customers, over 16 years will need a pass to enter the Green Zone, from 5pm onwards. Children under 16 years will need to be registered on an adult pass.

    Sharing your registration code with staff

    Your staff also need a New Year’s Eve Pass. After you’ve registered your business to accept customers, you will need to register your business to specifically allow your staff to get a New Year’s Eve Pass.

    The registration process is the same, but you will be sent a different code to share with your staff. Then your staff will need to register online for their own New Year’s Eve Pass.

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