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Coast skies still dazzle despite main NYE fireworks cancelled

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In fitting with the lacklustre year that 2020 has been, New Year’s Eve celebrations will be a little dimmer without the typical bang due to fireworks cancelled and gatherings restricted.

Annual NYE fireworks bonanzas and community events at Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra have been scratched. Brisbane and Gold Coast councils have called of their main, public fireworks displays.

Sunshine Coast Council says social distancing and contact tracing requirements are too challenging due to the tens of thousands of people who normally flock to watch the sky dazzle in colour on the last day of the year.

But never fear, a number of local pubs and restaurants are lighting up the sky with smaller displays to add some last-minute cheer to the challenging year it has been for most.

Fireworks will be held at the Pelican Waters Tavern at 8pm, the Noosa Marina at both 9pm and midnight, the Waterfront Hotel, Didillibah at 9pm, and Noosa Boathouse at 9pm.

Covid-safe rules apply

There are also restrictions on how many people can party together at homes, and in pubs and clubs across Queensland.

If hospitality venues have a COVID Safe Event Checklist in place, as many as 500 people can gather at indoor events and up to 1500 people are permitted at outdoor events.

One person per two square-metre rule applies at indoor venues, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

Dancing is still allowed, but border restrictions remain in place for New South Wales hot spots, including the Greater Sydney region.

On Tuesday, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young urged revellers not to kiss or cuddle strangers, and to make sure you know the people you’re partying with.

She said people still need provide proper contact details when signing into venues to ensure they can be easily traced in the case of a coronavirus outbreak.

Queenslanders can still have up to 50 people in their homes and can gather in groups of 100 in public spaces – a freedom many southern states don’t have as coronavirus clusters continue popping up.