As of today, Monday the 13th of September, fully vaccinated residents of Sydney can meet up outside in groups of 5 for exercise or outdoor recreation.
According to the NSW Government’s list of Greater Sydney restrictions: “If you are fully vaccinated, from Monday 13 September 2021, you can attend an outdoor gathering of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.”
You must have proof of your vaccination with you at all times, and you also must be prepared to show a Police Officer your proof of vaccination if it is requested.
The NSW Government website also states that the five person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 or under, and that you also are supposed to stay within your local government area in order to exercise (if you need to cross into another local government area, you must stay within 5km of your home).
DMARGE spoke to John Field, owner and head coach of Bondi gym, Agoga, to understand what impact this new freedom will have on Sydney gym owners, as well as how the fitness industry has had to adapt to the constraints of 2021.
This new rule change, John says, “gives us a really good opening platform to be able to reach more people even though it’s smaller groups. But baby steps, as you can understand, for the number of cases [currently being seen in Sydney].”
“The upshot of even small groups is that it is connecting more people…
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