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Sydney New Year's Eve 2020

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Where you can go and what you should know
With new Covid cases floating around and no vaccine jabs in Sydney until 2021, it's going to be quite a different New Year's Eve. That's not to say you can't party, but parties should be booked.

Sydney New Year's Eve 2020
Source: Pinterest

Here are some key things that you should know:-

The NSW Government is running the show this year
There will be no activities around the Harbour
The 9pm fireworks have been scrapped
The Midnight fireworks will be shorter, running for 7mins (and will be broadcast live on the ABC)
Key fireworks vantage points around the harbour are reserved for invited frontline workers

Sydney New Year's Eve
Source: Facebook - City of Sydney

There is no event at Barangaroo Reserve this year, it will be closed
There will be 2 zones around the harbour area - the green zone and the yellow zone - and they'll be in effect from 5pm on NYE
The Green Zone encompasses The Rocks, Circular Quay, the Opera House, the Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquaries Chair on the south side, whilst north of the Bridge the key vantage point inclusions are from Blues Point and Lavender Bay to Milsons Point, Bradfield Park and over to Kurraba Point and Cremorne Point
Entry to the Green Zone will be restricted to residents who live within the zone, their guests, and those with confirmed bookings at venues, such as restaurants, bars and hotels in the area
Entry to the Green Zone requires a NYE Pass and that includes residents, their guests, businesses and staff, and those with bookings
For workers at venues and people with venue bookings, you will first need a code from the venue in order to apply for your NYE Pass
The Yellow Zone (backing onto the green zone) covers Balmain East and Darling Harbour through to Town Hall and cuts down the middle of Hyde Park to Kings Cross and Darling Point on the south side, whilst north of the bridge it covers from Waverton to North Sydney, Kirribilli and the tops of Kurraba and Cremorne Points
In the Yellow Zone, the following will not be open to the public - North Sydney, Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Mary Booth Reserve, Quibaree Park, Kurraba Reserve and Cremorne Reserve
Parks south of the bridge that will be closed include Bicentennial Park in Glebe, Embarkation Park in Potts Point, Beare Park at Elizabeth Bay, Giba Park and Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, and Observatory Hill Park at Millers Point
Entry to the Yellow Zone doesn't have the restrictions of the green zone, however, those gathering in large numbers (over 100) may be moved on by police
A NYE Pass is not required for the Yellow Zone
For the zone map, click here
Recreation boats are allowed on the Harbour and owners need to be aware of exclusion zones, speed limits, minimum wash requirements and anchoring restrictions
Public transport and road closure information can be found here

Whilst much of the above may seem dire, there's still fun to be had. If you prefer to party on the Harbour, then Glass Island may be what you're looking for. They're running a luxe cruise that includes delicious food, a 3hr beverage package, views of the fireworks and a Moet Champagne to toast them. It's fully seated with social distancing managed.

Glass Island
Source: Facebook - Glass Island

On land, businesses open for dining include Esteban (near Sydney Tower) offering a 4-course Mexican banquet, Sailmaker Restaurant in Darling Harbour with a seafood indulgence, the Opera Bar for the best views of the fireworks and a cocktail-standing event including food and live entertainment, Italian restaurant Eastbank at Circular Quay presenting a 5-course degustation dining experience with matching boutique wines and views of the fireworks, 6Head in The Rocks with a 6-course menu and a deluxe beverage package, Luna Park with an exclusive Palais VIP dining experience where you can watch the fireworks from your VIP balcony, and The Butler at Potts Point with a masquerade soiree that includes a 9-course feast and a glass of Champagne on arrival, plus many more.

All in all, ring in the new year where you can and stay safe. Beware though, that with the growing cluster of Covid cases in the Northern Beaches, the above could change at a moment's notice. Stay up to date through the Service NSW website, their Facebook page or your local news channel.

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