SA opening to Melbourne from Friday, dancing allowed in clubs

SA opening to Melbourne from Friday, dancing allowed in clubs

Melburnians will be free to travel into South Australia from 12.01am this Friday as state Premier Steven Marshall eases restrictions on venues to allow for dancing.

With Victoria yet again recording no new cases of COVID-19 today, the South Australian Transition Committee has made the decision to reopen borders to Melburnians from Friday.

As such, anyone from the Greater Melbourne area will be free to travel into SA without going into mandatory quarantine, nor will they need to be tested on arrival.

"I know this is going to be a huge relief," Marshall said.

"Victoria has got on top of their outbreak, we're grateful for the work that they have done, and now we're looking forward to welcoming people from across that border."

SA has also eased some restrictions on nightlife venues to allow the state's partygoers to dance while drinking.

For venues with a capacity of 200 people or less, dancing while drinking is now permitted as long as other COVID-19 requirements are abided by, including mandatory QR code scanning, and the presence of a COVID marshal.

For venues with a capacity of 200 to 1,000 people, dancefloors will be permitted but limited to 50 people at a time.

Venues with a capacity of more than 1,000 people will only be allowed to have dancing if an approved COVID safety plan is in place.

"I know a lot of people are going to be relieved that dancing is allowed back in South Australia," Marshall said.

"We're going to be very carefully monitoring how this goes and hopefully it goes extremely well.

"As the vaccination program rolls out there may be a further easing of restrictions down the track."

NSW eases gathering restrictions

From 12.01am on Friday, February 26, some restrictions in New South Wales will ease to hold larger gatherings at homes and allow dancing at weddings.

The new rules will allow for:

  • 50 visitors allowed in homes
  • 30 people allowed to dance at weddings, with guests permitted to rotate on and off the dance floor
  • 50 people allowed in gym classes subject to the 4 square metre rule
  • 30 people allowed to sing indoors
  • 100 per cent capacity at cinemas

Updated at 12.32pm AEDT on 24 February 2021.

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