Picnic regulations in New South Wales have been loosened for fully vaccinated people.
As a “thank you” for their role in the jab rollout, fully vaccinated Sydney citizens can drink alcohol in the park in three select areas.
In 18 parks on the outskirts of Sydney Olympic Park, Rocks, and Darling Harbor, the New South Wales government has loosened drinking restrictions.
People who have been double-jabbed and live within a 5-km radius of the parks – or in the same LGA – will be permitted to enjoy an alcoholic beverage outdoors.
“Vaccinated Sydneysiders have welcomed the easing of restrictions and are picnicking in huge numbers across our parks and public spaces,” said Rob Stokes, Minister for Public Spaces.
“People who followed Covid rules and received both jabs deserve to enjoy a beer or wine responsibly after a tough winter.”
The parks where the drinking rules have been relaxed are:
- Ballarat Park, Darling Island
- Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove
- Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
- Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
- Bligh & Barney Reserve, The Rocks
- Cadi Park, Pyrmont
- Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
- Dawes Point Reserve, The Rocks
- First Fleet Park, The Rocks
- Hickson Rd Reserve, The Rocks
- Jill Berry Lawn / ICC Lawn, Darling Harbour
- MCA Lawn, The Rocks
- Metcalfe Park, Darling Island,
- Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
- Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
- Pyrmont Bay Park
- Waterfront Park, Pyrmont
- Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park
The parks were selected because they are all managed by Placemaking NSW, a state government body.
Fully vaccinated picnickers will be able to drink in such locations during daytime hours until October 31.
According to Mr Stokes, responsible drinking is allowed in Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Western Sydney Parklands.
People who have had two vaccine shots are currently allowed to picnic in groups of five.