Sydney New Years Eve 2020 – like no other year.
Millions of people usually pack Sydney Harbour to view the fireworks spectacular of the year.
Not so in 2020 and for obvious reasons.
The millions who would usually pack the parks and corridors around Sydney Harbour are not there this December 31st.
All of the Sydney Harbour foreshore has been locked down
Instead, people are being urged to stay at home and watch on TV.
Hospitality venues will still be able to host events, however many have been cancelled.
Premier Berejiklian said this week: “On New Year’s Eve we don’t want any crowds on the foreshores around Sydney whatsoever.”
Parks and roads around Sydney are now blocked off and the ‘Green Zone’ – areas close to the CBD, Opera House and traditional vantage points that are usually packed – are now off limits.
“Unless you have a permit to go to someone’s home, with not more than 10 people, or you have a permit from Service New South Wales to attend a hospitality venue, nobody should be in the CBD at all,” she added.
As an added warning to those who will be heading out for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, police officers will be patrolling.
“There will still be significant numbers of officers deployed for Operation New Year’s Eve, who will be focused on keeping everyone safe, whether celebrating at an event in the CBD, suburban Sydney or Regional NSW,” Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing said.
How to Watch the Fireworks?
ABC TV will be covering the fireworks to people around Australia. There will be no 9PM fireworks.
The midnight fireworks will go for around 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Sydney’s wealthy elites will be packing the harbour on private boats, which are not restricted under the current rules.
Ryan is Contributing Editor