Mon. May 23rd, 2022

In a city like Sydney, the added COVID-19 risk in indoor environments need not be a reason to leave without seeing your friends.

The health councils suggest that the best way to minimize your risk of catching viruses such as COVID-19 while you socialize is to gather outdoors.

Sydney's Botanical Gardens are a great place to meet and stay within the health councils.

Sydney’s Botanical Gardens are a great place to meet and stay within the health councils.Credit:Anna Kucera

Epidemiologist Nancy Baxter agrees that outdoors is safer than indoors, but still recommends some precautions given the portability of the Omicron variant.

“I would say that if people want to do safe outdoor activities, then just spread things out a little more than you usually do, and try not to do higher-risk activities … like shouting or singing,” the professor said. Baxter said.

NSW Health prohibits singing and dancing at hospitality venues, nightclubs, large recreational facilities and indoor music festivals. There is an exception for weddings and outdoor music festivals where patrons stay seated.

We have put together a list of outdoor activities in Sydney that will keep you entertained for the rest of the summer. There are plenty of events to choose from, whether you are into live music, theater or a more casual social occasion.

Movie

Sydney is blessed with lots of outdoor cinemas, including some beautiful picturesque ones. Bring a picnic blanket, a camping chair and some snacks.

  • Sunset Cinema, North Sydney Oval and St Ives Showgrounds, 6.30pm-10.30pm Wednesday-Sat, $ 21
  • Moonlight Cinema, Centennial Park and Western Sydney Parklands, at 7pm every day except Mondays, from $ 20
  • Westpac OpenAir Cinema, Royal Botanic Garden, at 6pm daily, from $ 34
  • Laneway Cinema, The Rocks, at 19.30 on 21 January, free
  • Flickerfest short film festival, Bondi Beach, at 21.00 from 22.-29. January, from 22 USD

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