Punters hoping to watch the New Year Eve’s fireworks display in Sydney’s CBD will need to book a spot at a venue.

Ticketed vantage spots will be for the exclusive use of frontline workers and firefighters, while businesses will be able to apply to open office space for functions, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday.

“Unless you’ve been given a ticket to one of the designated areas or unless you have a booking at a restaurant or cafe, please do not expect to go to the city CBD,” Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

“I myself spend New Year’s Eve at home with my loved ones – everyone has their own way of doing it.

“We are encouraging people if they can afford it to consider spending New Year’s Eve at a hospitality venue to support that industry.”

NSW on Monday went a second day without recording a local coronavirus transmission but authorities still don’t know how the virus made it to the Southern Highlands.

Seven cases – all in hotel quarantine – were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, NSW Health said on Monday.


There were 9499 tests reported in this period, compared with 13,721 tests in the previous 24 hours.

The new cases in hotel quarantine bring NSW’s total to 4280.

The original source of infections in the Moss Vale region remains unknown.

Five new locally-acquired cases were recorded there on Friday and Saturday, prompting the closures of a school and a childcare centre.

NSW Health thanked those who had come forward for testing already but said it remained concerned other people in the broader Southern Highlands area may have unrecognised infection.

“NSW Health is calling on people in this area to come forward for testing if they have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms,” it said.


People near Rouse Hill in Sydney’s northwest are also being urged to get tested after fragments of the virus was detected in sewage samples taken on November 5.

While the positive cases can be due to shedding the virus up to eight weeks after illness, the last known locally acquired case was reported nine weeks ago.