NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that "life will be very different in NSW" from Monday the 7th of December, and she meant that in a good way. "We're deeply grateful that since the beginning of the pandemic, the community has taken our advice… [and] has really led the way throughout the nation and we want that to continue," she told reporters this afternoon.
From next Monday, capacity at restaurants, bars, churches and cafes will reportedly double. Standing outdoors at hospitality venues (love doing that) will also be permitted.
But most importantly, up to fifty people will be allowed on indoor dancefloors (you may know these places as clubs or discotecas).
The premier stressed that everyone will still be expected to observe social distancing requirements, though those requirements will change too: namely, from one person per four square metres to one person per two square metres (with the exception of gyms and clubs).
The welcome news comes as NSW recorded its 25th straight day without any new community-acquired cases of COVID-19.
For a full rundown of all the changes, head over to ABC News.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank