9 News: Everything you need to know about Sydney’s NYE fireworks as entry passes go live

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Sydney’s world-renowned fireworks display will go ahead this year despite coronavirus restrictions, but most of us will have to be content with watching from a distance.Entry passes to the Sydney CBD for New Year’s Eve are now open on the NSW government website, but strict eligibility criteria apply.Usually over a million people pack around the Sydney Harbour foreshore to celebrate and view the fireworks, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned that such mass public gatherings won’t be possible this year.

Anyone wanting to travel into specific locations around the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay and North Sydney will need to secure a pass to gain entry, with strict criteria for those eligible.Other prime firework vantage points have been designated for frontline workers.So who needs a pass, how do you get one and what can you do instead?Here’s all your questions about Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display answered.

Do I need a NYE pass?

Anyone wishing to enter the NSW government’s designated ‘Green Zone’ on New Year’s Eve needs to apply for an entry pass via the Service NSW website or app.This includes parts of the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay as well as key firework vantage points in North Sydney and the eastern suburbs.Only residents to these areas, their guests and those with confirmed bookings at venues such as restaurants, cafes and bars are eligible.Staff working at these venues will also require a pass.

Office buildings in the green zone are also permitted to host events for their employees but must register the event with the NSW government and adhere to regulations.The Green Zone around Circular Quay will be fenced off and entry points will be guarded by police and security guards.Anyone attempting to enter, including residents, from 5pm on December 31 will need to have their New Year’s Eve pass checked and scanned before they will be allowed entry.

So how do I apply?

You can apply for an entry pass via the Service NSW website or app.You will need a MyService NSW account and non-residents will need a registration code provided by their hosts – including those visiting private residences.

Are the 9pm family fireworks going ahead?

In short, no. The family fireworks have been scrapped, with a single seven-minute firework display to take place at midnight.Those unable to view the fireworks in person can watch the display on the ABC.

Where can I go to watch the fireworks without a pass?

As well as the restricted green zone, a larger yellow zone will be in effect from 5pm on December 31.South of the harbour, this stretches from Balmain across to Darling Point and to the north takes in Kirribilli, North Sydney, Waverton and Cremorne Point.While entry to this zone is not restricted, the area will be monitored by police and people gathering in large numbers may be moved on.

Under current NSW coronavirus restrictions, groups of up to 100 people are allowed to gather outdoors but social distancing must still be observed.Moreover, most of North Sydney’s usual firework vantage points will be closed, including to residents of the area.These include: Bradfield Park, Blues Point Reserve, Mary Booth Reserve, Quibaree Park, Kurraba Reserve and Cremorne Reserve.The overall message from the NSW government is to attend a ticketed event or celebrate New Year’s Eve from home.An exception to this is recreational boating, with boats free to gain prime viewing from the Harbour.Boat operators are being advised to familiarise themselves with the NYE restricted areas and exclusion zones.Councils around Sydney are also free to host their own ticketed events, but these must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and other public health orders.

What about frontline workers?

Premium locations with vantage points of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other firework displays are being reserved for frontline coronavirus workers and fire fighters to thank them for their service.These include vantage points at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney Opera House, Campbell’s Cove and the Cahill Expressway.Allocation of special passes for these workers are being managed by employees’ individual agencies, who will update staff with further information.

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