Sydneysiders wanting to get a glimpse of the city’s seven-minute fireworks display on New Year’s Eve will require a permit to enter the CBD, and access to popular vantage points will be off-limits.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed people entering the city must have a booking at a restaurant or venue in a bid to stop thousands of people flocking to the harbour for the city’s famous fireworks display.
Cordoned-off zones will be established around Circular Quay and North Sydney, and anyone wanting to pass through will require a permit.
To get a permit residents must apply via the Service NSW website and have either a venue booking or plans to attend an event at a friend or family member’s home inside the zone.
The vast majority of citizens would not be allowed into the Sydney CBD precinct, the state government said in a statement.
Instead, premium spots will be reserved for frontline workers – particularly around Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney Opera House, Campbell’s Cove and the Cahill Expressway.
But Ms Berejiklian said the government felt it was “still important” for NSW residents to ring in the new year.
“If you have an official restaurant booking or booking at a hospitality venue, you will be allowed into the CBD and into that venue,” she said.
“Apart from that everybody should stay at home or in the suburbs to bring in the new year.”
According to the NSW Government website, a designated green zone will be established for Circular Quay and at key public vantage points in North Sydney.
A designated yellow zone will also be established. People entering that zone will not require a permit but may be told to move on by police if they gather in large groups.
If you own a boat you can sail it into the harbour but will still need to apply for a permit.
North Sydney, Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Mary Booth Reserve, Quibaree Park, Kurraba Reserve and Cremorne Reserve will not be open to the public.
Jobs and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government recognised many businesses around Circular Quay relied on New Year’s Eve customers.
“New Year’s Eve is the chance for Sydney and NSW to shine on the world stage. Despite being a smaller celebration to normal, this New Year’s demonstrates that we are open for business and NSW will bring in 2021 with confidence,” he said.
There will be no 9pm family fireworks or activities around Sydney Harbour but just a seven-minute fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight.
Passes will be available from December 7.