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In case you missed it, Russia’s President introduced a controversial new law regarding every event planner’s favourite tipple and sending France’s champagne industry into a tailspin. Whether you’re into sparkling, bubbles, or champagne, we reckon these super stylish venues are the perfect spot to pop some bottles.
New openings you need to know about
It’s always exciting when there’s new openings to talk about and there has been a slew of new hotels popping up around the country over the past couple of weeks.
First up, Melbourne welcomed two brand-spanking new hotels. Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne on Spencer has brought its famed ‘Chocolate Hour’ to the city, while Docklands now has its first five-star hotel with the opening of Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands.
Albany, Western Australia, is the location of the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Australasia, with the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Albany. Overlooking Albany Marina, this five-storey hotel offers 160 square metres of flexible event space, including three separate meetings rooms that can be utilised as one space.
Coming up, Australia’s first Dorsett hotel will open on the Gold Coast on Boxing Day. Located within The Star, Dorsett Gold Coast will offer 313 guestrooms and easy access to the precinct’s entertainment, dining, and state-of-the-art conference and entertainment facilities.
And, while it’s not necessarily a new opening as such – Accor has won the naming rights for Stadium Australia, which is now Accor Stadium. This iconic venue in Sydney Olympic Park will soon feature one of the world’s largest LED video screens at 1,200 square metres, just one of many new developments designed to enhance the audience experience.
Density limits to be removed for NSW
The NSW Government has updated its roadmap for easing restrictions once the State reaches the 95 percent fully vaccinated target, or 15 December, whichever comes first. Currently, just over 92 percent of people in NSW are fully vaccinated.
Density limits will be scrapped – this is great news for events which were previously restricted to one person per two square metres.
COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses and will be supported by SafeWork NSW.
While masks will continue to be strongly encouraged in settings where it is difficult to socially distance, they will only be mandated on public transport, planes, and at airports. Front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated will also be required to wear a mask.
QR check-ins will be required at some hospitality settings such as pubs, small bars, and registered clubs and nightclubs and for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people. Additionally, they will still be required at high-risk venues such hospitals, care facilities, gyms, and personal services.
Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most facilities and activities, although businesses can still require proof at their own discretion. However, it will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.