Planning your 2020 work Christmas party

Each year articles are written about work Christmas parties. Usually it is information based on Fair Work Legislation and FBT. This year, being the year of the pandemic, you need to consider COVID restrictions pertaining to your state. Planning for any event is key and planning for a COVID-Safe Christmas Party is your responsibility.  

If you are hosting your Christmas Party at a venue such as a café or restaurant. They will be restricted on the number of guests you can have, and you will be required to stay seated. You may feel the need to get up and dance at the year end, but this will not be allowed for 2020. 

NSW Restrictions

Restaurants and Cafes 
From 1 December there is a restriction of 30 people per booking and 30 people at a table. Venues can host 1 person per 2 square metre or 300 people, whichever is lesser. The venue MUST be a registered COVID-Safe Venue to operate and all patrons MUST adhere to the rules of the venue. 

All food and drinks must be consumed seated too. No canapes and cocktail style soirees. A grazing platter is also out of the question too. 

Private Event at a Residence 

Many businesses are opting for Christmas Parties held at a privately owned residence. There are still restrictions at play here. Up to 50 visitors are allowed at another household at any one time, as long as an outdoor space is being utilised. If you exceed this total then each attendee is held responsible for a breach of public health order

This information is current as of 26th November 2020.