THE 2021 Blessing of the Fleet Festival remains under a COVID-19 cloud of uncertainty despite this coming Monday's easing of restrictions.
The NSW government agreed to lift a tranche of restrictions from Monday December 7, including changing the social distancing recommendation of one person per four square metres to one person per two square metres.
Chairperson of the Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival committee, Leonie Corrin-Smith, said nothing had changed for the 2021 festival - even with Monday's proposed restrictions lift.
Nobody has been following the NSW Government's COVID-19 guidelines and lifting of restrictions as close as Mrs Corrin-Smith and she know the requirements off-by-heart.
Her desire to stage something special for locals and visitors remains strong.
Mrs Corrin-Smith, who is also president of the Rotary Club of Milton-Ulladulla which runs the festival, stands by her previous announcement when it comes to the festival's future.
A final call on the 2021 festival will be left until long as possible - so watch this space.
However, Mrs Corrin-Smith, hopes there will be some sort of "festivity" on Easter Sunday in 2021.
One event, on a modified form, that will go ahead this year is the Blessing of the Fleet Ball.
The Princess Ball was called off earlier this year, but Mrs Corrin-Smith and her committee took advantage of the previous easing of restrictions and decided they would organise a ball in 2020.
It will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at the Dunn and Lewis Centre, much to the excitement of all the princesses.
THE NSW GOVERNMENT WILL ALLOW FROM MONDAY
* One person per two square metres at venues including hospitality venues, retail, events and places of worship, with the exception of gyms and nightclubs (where one person per four square metres still applies)
* 100 per cent capacity at outdoor stadiums and theatres
* 75 per cent seated capacity for indoor stadiums and theatres* Up to 100 people for outdoor gatherings (up from 50), including in back yards
* Up to 5000 people for outdoor events that are fenced, ticketed and seated, and up to 3000 people for other organised outdoor events
* Up to 50 people on an indoor dancefloor at any one time
* Choirs of up to 50 people indoors, with congregations advised to wear masks, while there will be no maximum cap outdoors
* No caps for bookings at hospitality venues, weddings, funerals, regional agricultural shows, corporate events or religious services.