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Volunteers’ News – December 2021

Last December, when I wrote about easing of restrictions, who would have thought we’d be expecting the same again this year. The information below is dependent upon any updates or changes due to the latest Covid-19 Omicron variant.

Further Covid restrictions will ease when NSW reaches 95 per cent double vaccination or on December 15, whichever comes first. Masks will only be required on public transport, on planes, at airports and indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated. Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings. Covid-19 Safe check-ins will also be reduced to hospitals, nursing homes and aged care facilities, pubs, small bars, clubs and nightclubs. For full information on these and other new regulations see: http://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/opening-in-december

Sydney Festival – January 6-30
New Director Olivia Ansell follows a long line of distinguished Sydney Festival Directors for next year’s Festival, and has curated a striking line-up of theatre, dance, music, arts and the unusual at various venues in the City and suburbs. There are also free events for children and adults. A very easy and accessible website to explore: https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Vigil: Songs for Tomorrow, Barangaroo Reserve – January 25, 8pm until dawn
This is the fourth Vigil as part of the Sydney Festival, on the eve of January 26.

Due to Covid-safety it is now ticketed, and attendees need to book a ticket in advance.

You can register your interest to attend now, for January: https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/vigil-songs-for-tomorrow

‘Local Stories Live’ Online Concert & SSH Fundraiser – Saturday December 11, 6pm
Thanks to the success of last year’s virtual evening, we are online again for another fun-filled evening. As advised last month, singer-songwriter and music historian Toby Martin will perform songs from his latest album, I Felt the Valley Lifting. Toby will be joined by Redfern-based folk-country duo Boy Torch. Join via Zoom: https://southsydneyherald.com.au/local-stories-live/

This is our major fundraiser for the year, so if you can’t join us, your donation, no matter how small, will be a great help. Donations gratefully received: https://southsydneyherald.com.au/local-stories-live/

Thank you to our volunteers for 2021!
Thank you to South Sydney Herald’s wonderful volunteers. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

Season’s best wishes to all our contributors, distributors, editors, advertisers, readers and friends for a joyous holiday period and a safe, healthy and disaster-free New Year.

Until then!
Pat Clarke

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