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Police say party goers need to keep in mind the Health Minister’s COVID-19 Restrictions on Movements & Gatherings, Public Health Act 2010. This is particularly important for those planning large parties for NYE. Fines (up to $11,000) and/or 6 months imprisonment apply to occupants and guests.

Police say the current rules about gatherings at residences are:

•Up to 50 visitors. This number does not include residents or workers, e.g. tradespeople, visiting nurses.

•Also applies to holiday homes and short-term rentals but not for property inspections or auctions.

•It is an offence for an adult member of the household to allow more than 50 people at the residence and for a person to participate in such a gathering.

Gatherings in outdoor public places

•A person must not participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 100 persons.

•This will not apply to:

Certain people:

a person who is engaged in work

a person who is providing care or assistance to vulnerable persons

Certain activities: (conditions apply)

a community sporting activity

an outdoor rehearsal or performance

•a controlled outdoor public gathering

an agricultural show or field day

an outdoor protest

a wedding or funeral, or gathering following such an event

Fore more information on the current rules, visit: www.australia.gov.au.

 


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