Dark skies over Bundy with no NYE fireworks


In fitting with the lacklustre year that 2020 has been, New Year’s Eve celebrations will be a little dimmer in Bundaberg with no fireworks to light up the sky.

Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine councils have also called off their main, public fireworks displays due to coronavirus restrictions.

There are no council-planned fireworks in the Bundaberg region, meaning locals will have to travel to Biggenden or Hervey Bay if they want to see some sparkle.

Last year, the Anzac Park community event didn't have fireworks because of fire restrictions, and this year, it’s because of the pandemic.

A number of private venues in Bundaberg are holding New Year’s Eve celebrations, but it is unknown if any of the businesses are putting on their own fireworks display.

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.