THE launch night of the Bathurst Winter Festival will go ahead tonight despite the introduction of tough new COVID-19 restrictions across regional NSW from 6pm on Saturday.
However, Bathurst Regional Council said there would be some changes imposed for the Armada Opening Night activities from 6pm-9pm.
In a festival update issued at 4.30pm, council said there would be a reduced number of food vendors and a substantial change to entertainment on opening night.
In line with the new restrictions announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, masks will be mandatory in all indoor, non-residential settings and throughout Kings Parade area there will be a one person to four square metre rule in place.
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"Capacity for the McDonald's Bathurst Ice Rink has been reduced to one person per four square metre," council said.
"Ticket holders will be contacted directly if they need to change their skating times. If you do not hear from the ice rink, your ticket is still valid, so come along."
Council's update said the winter festival would operate within the NSW Health COVIDSafe guidelines and restrictions.
"All businesses noted on our program of events have completed and supplied a COVIDSafe business check," council said.
"Bathurst Regional Council, owner, manager and promoter of the Bathurst Winter Festival, has completed a COVIDSafe business check, for general operations and for the Bathurst Winter Festival.
"COVIDSafe procedures are in place throughout the festival. QR code scan-in points will be in place at entry points to enclosed events such as Brew & Bite.
"Please note, should visitor numbers exceed current COVID restrictions at any one time during a feature event, you may not be able to enter the event space until attendee numbers decrease in that space."
Meanwhile, under the new rules for regional NSW, including the Bathurst region, announced on Saturday afternoon, the following restrictions will apply:
- People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
- Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests - including children.
- Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events.
- Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed.
- Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed.
- Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people).
- Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn).
- The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals.
- Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity.
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