Live Venue Capacities To Increase Next Week In QLD & NSW

Both New South Wales and Queensland live venues are set to get a boost with capacity increases being introduced next week as COVID restrictions are eased.


As ABC reports, concert halls, theatres and cinemas will be allowed to double their capacity and host 50% of the venue’s capacity, but ticket sales must be capped at 1,000.


“For workers across the full spectrum of the performing arts — from box office staff to ushers, from technicians and roadies to the artists — this change means more jobs,” Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said.


The news comes after NSW Labor introduced a Bill this week which aims to promote jobs for musicians, as well as remove bans and restrictions on live music in venues across the state.


Meanwhile in Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed today that “outdoor stadiums, amphitheatres and outdoor performance venues” can increase capacity from 50% to 75% “with a COVID safe plan as of Thursday 1 October.