“Other than that, enjoy the new year and hope for a better 2022,” he said. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told revelers to “avoid the mosh pit.”
“Don’t get carried away in large numbers. It’s common sense, ”he said.
Dozens of revelers for NYE in the Park, a music festival slated to take place at Camperdown on Friday, were trying to unload their tickets in the days leading up to the event, while punters with tickets to Field Day, which will be taking place in the field on Saturday, wondered why the event was taking place.
A spokesperson for Fuzzy, the company that runs Field Day, said proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test was required to enter, with an on-site testing facility to set up for customers who had need the test.
“However, in addition to the above, we encourage all clients, regardless of their immunization status, to take a rapid antigen test before attending the field day and to wear a mask,” said the spokesperson, adding that it was an outdoor event and had reduced its capacity in accordance with public health orders.
The organizers of NYE in the Park are taking similar measures, including encouraging the wearing of masks and requiring either to be double vaccinated or to have a negative test result within 48 hours of the event. People who are COVID-positive will not be allowed to attend these two events.
Australian Medical Association NSW vice-president Andrew Zuschmann said music festivals were “certainly high-risk events” despite being outside.
“If you dance in your own patch it will be pretty safe, but if you dance and cuddle people next to you and share a vape it will increase the risk,” Dr Zuschmann said.
Speaking ahead of their New Years event at Petersham’s Oxford Tavern, Jason Winston and Jonny Hawkins of DJ duo The Dollar Bin Darlings said the state government has blamed the event’s organizers .
“I can totally understand why people are scared and confused right now. It hasn’t been a soft landing in Omicron, it’s been forced on us and people may not want to be locked in, but they want clear rules and guidelines, ”Mr. Hawkins said.
“For the NSW Health website, to say that they discourage dance floors, but technically letting them go is a strange warning that doesn’t protect people. “
The event will require proof of a negative RAT result on entry, QR registration on entry, proof of vaccination, masks when interacting with bar staff and will stage the event in stages to limit the potential for a super-spreader event.
Healthcare worker Bonnie Rowswell has demanded reimbursement from New Year’s In The Park after her employer asked all essential healthcare workers to refrain from attending major events during the holiday season.
She had originally booked tickets to the event with six of her colleagues to celebrate the end of a trying year working on the frontlines, but the group instead chose to celebrate as a “low-key” group of six.
“The words I’m living with right now relate to most COVID-19 guidelines, and they’re ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should,’” Ms. Rowswell said.
An NSW government spokesperson said the government previously announced an Event Saver fund “to provide immediate support to organizers if major events are canceled or seriously disrupted by public health orders.”
“The government continues to explore longer-term solutions to address the issues faced by event planners with regard to COVID-related cancellations,” the spokesperson said.