Time to put on dancing shoes

World | REUTERS 25 Feb 2021

Two Australian states will loosen restrictions on dancing at indoor venues and ease other curbs from tomorrow after no new local Covid-19 cases were detected for several weeks.

In New South Wales, up to 30 people will be allowed to dance at weddings and as many as 30 people will be able to sing indoors together, up from five currently. Households will also be allowed to host 50 guests, up from 30.

The move comes after the state logged no locally acquired infections for a 38th straight day yesterday and as the country entered its third day of a nationwide vaccination program.

Restrictions are also being eased in South Australia from tomorrow. Dancing will now be allowed at smaller venues with a capacity of less than 200 people, while at bigger venues, 50 can dance at a time in a designated area. The state will also drop testing requirements for visitors from Melbourne, which had previously been a Covid-19 hotspot.

Although there have been cases among returning citizens from abroad, Australia has largely contained community transmission of the virus.

Meanwhile, the nationwide immunization drive has seen some incorrect dosages after two elderly people were inadvertently given four times the recommended dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

"Both patients are being monitored and both are showing no signs at all of an adverse reaction but it is a reminder of the importance of the safeguards," Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

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