What restrictions are being lifted tomorrow morning?

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The government announced a stunningly dramatic change in COVID-19 public health measures today, with almost all restrictions lifting tomorrow.

From 6am on Saturday, almost all restrictions on hospitality businesses, event capacities, and COVID cert requirements will be gone.

The 8pm closing time for bars and restaurants is being removed, and nightclubs will be allowed to reopen.

In more specific measures, physical distancing requirements such as only table service, and a max of six per table, are also gone.

People will no longer be required to remain seated and in pods of six at indoor activities, and requirements for a COVID Cert and the provision of contact details will also not be needed.

All physical distancing requirements in general are being removed as of Saturday, which will have a wide ranging impact.

Sports will see full crowds returning to stadiums, and indoor events such as weddings, theatres, and more can welcome people in, as all capacity limits have been lifted.

There is currently no change in the requirement for COVID Cert for international travel. As of February 1, the Certs for primary vaccination will expire as of 270 days from vaccination.

The continuation of mask wearing will be a key foundation of the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19, and masks will continue to be required on public transport, in taxis, and at stations and airports.

They will also still be required in retail premises, and for workers in customer facing roles in the food and drinks industry.

Protective measures currently in place in schools, early learning, and childcare facilities will remain until February 28.

From next Monday, January 24 there will be a phased return to offices and workplaces.