Selection Of Parks In Sydney Are Granted Day Drinking Privilege

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Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders from three select areas have been granted permission to drink alcohol in parks as a “thank you” for rolling up their sleeves for the jab.

Rules on drinking have been relaxed in 18 parks located near the suburbs of Sydney Olympic Park, The Rocks, and Darling Harbour. 

People who are double jabbed, living within a 5km radius of the select parks or in the same LGA are allowed to have a bottle of wine under an open sky. 

“Vaccinated Sydneysiders have embraced the easing of restrictions and are out picnicking in record numbers across our parks and public spaces. After an incredibly tough winter, people who have followed Covid rules and received both jabs deserve to enjoy a beer or wine responsibly,” said Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes.

The parks where the drinking rules have been relaxed include:

  • Ballarat Park, Darling Island
  • Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove
  • Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Bligh & Barney Reserve, The Rocks
  • Cadi Park, Pyrmont
  • Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Dawes Point Reserve, The Rocks
  • First Fleet Park, The Rocks
  • Hickson Rd Reserve, The Rocks
  • Jill Berry Lawn / ICC Lawn, Darling Harbour
  • MCA Lawn, The Rocks
  • Metcalfe Park, Darling Island,
  • Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
  • Pyrmont Bay Park
  • Waterfront Park, Pyrmont
  • Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park

Fully vaccinated picnickers can enjoy alcohol responsibly during daylight hours until October 31. 

Those specific parks have been selected due to their management being under Placemaking NSW, a state government-controlled body.

Mr Stokes added that responsible drinking was also allowed in Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park, Royal Botanic Gardens and Western Sydney Parklands.

“Our rangers told us that picnickers have been following the health advice and safely distancing. We only ask that rules continue to be followed, that everyone drinks responsibly and disposes of all rubbish and enjoys our beautiful public spaces,” he added.

Fully vaccinated people are currently allowed to picnic in groups of five in Greater Sydney. 

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24 September 2021

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