Sydney NYE family fireworks cancelled over crowd fears

Photo: The City of Sydney.

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve family fireworks display has been cancelled in a repeat of last year’s celebrations.

The City of Sydney said the midnight fireworks display will go ahead but limited to Circular Quay and the inner harbour.

“This format will allow Sydney New Year’s Eve to remain resilient in the face of continuing uncertainty and help stakeholders, businesses and visitors formulate their plans,” City of Sydney crowd and traffic manager Lauren Schwabe wrote in an email to stakeholders.

“We will continue to work with the NSW government to assess the impact of the pandemic on the event. The operational requirements of the event, including crowd densities and capacities, are still being determined, with multiple scenarios being developed.”

Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesman for City of Sydney said holding two separate displays would result “in the crossover of large numbers of people leaving for one show and arriving for the next”.

“In the current climate, limiting this mixing of crowds will ensure the event can be managed in the most COVID-safe way for all attendees and staff,” he said.