September 23rd 2021 – UPDATE
During yesterday’s media conference, NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian mentioned, in a fleeting comment, that NSW School Formals would be approved to go ahead, provided they are booked to take place in either November or December, and that further details would be forthcoming from NSW Health.
Today’s media conference was hosted by the Minister for Health but no mention was made of Formals at all. We are seeking direct information from the state government in relation to this and will post here anything that we discover.
September 15th 2021 – UPDATE
It’s OFFICIAL! According to the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, as was said with unequivocal assurity during this morning’s live Covid Press Briefing, all ticketed events in indoor settings at any function or event venues, even beyond 70% or even 80% double vaccination rate statewide, will only be allowing entry and service to Certified, Double Dose Vaccinated patrons.
“This will be Mandated, it will be in the Health Order, and it will be Law.” While details are as yet unclear about penalties that will be imposed on businesses and premises operators that allow unvaccinated patrons entry, it is extremely clear that it will be illegal for those event operators and venues to allow entry to any person who is not fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
In Short – Nobody will be attending any School Formals in 2021 unless they are fully vaccinated.
September 11th 2021 – UPDATE
This morning’s official announcements from the NSW Government did not include any information specific to School Formals. From that omission, and other information related to the “roadmap out of lockdown” from prior announcements of this week, we can reasonably assume that there’s no reason why Formals would not be going ahead. This time last year we’d already had several bulletins and rules created specifically for Formals. We have no reason to assume they will be any different since we’re in a better overall position now than we were this time in 2020 (when we had zero vaccinations).
Having said that, we are (as a state) today at 44.5% of people over 16 years of age fully vaccinated and 77% are single-dosed, with the assumption that almost all of those are committed to a second dose within the next month. It is when we reach 70% that the government is committed to lifting SOME restrictions that relate to venues and events. There would doubtless be a 1 person per 4 square metre rule and potential venue capacity ceilings imposed. At 80%+ full vaccination, it would be fair to assume that a 2 square metre without venue capacity ceilings would apply, as they did in 2020.
The biggest and most important point to take from this week’s announcements is that these potential freedoms will only apply to the FULLY VACCINATED. And that means that even if venue capacity restrictions are lifted, only fully vaccinated guests will most likely be permitted to attend.
Our strongest advice from this point is in 2-parts…
- Buy your tickets NOW because if they do impose venue capacity ceilings, this may limit the number of tickets that we can sell and you won’t want to be left out. If the restrictions change for the worse, and we are forced by rules to cancel the formal, you will receive a FULL REFUND.
- Whether you have already purchased tickets, or if you intend to in the near future, actually attending these Formals, even with a ticket, will most likely depend on you having proof of full vaccination so go and get your jab/s organised right now!
September 10th 2021 – Update
NSW Government announcements this morning reveal that the date for the end of this year’s HSC is solidly set at December 3rd.
This gives thousands of students and parents some relief from the worry of wondering how that schedule will roll out.
As a result of our strong Covid measures, not one, NOT ONE, transmission of Covid-19 occurred at any of our events during the height of the pandemic season of 2020 and 2021 tens of thousands of school leavers enjoyed fantastic formal events without risk or illness. That’s a 100% record of success that we’re very proud of.
We intend to continue with precisely the same protocols in place. Onward we go!
OUR 2021 COVID-SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE
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