In the end, Sydney made the most of a bad situation. There was still colour and music and champagne as Sydney’s traditional fireworks spectacular went off with a bang. It was just a little shorter than usual.
Unlike previous years, there was only one fireworks display: a seven-minute affair, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had repeatedly urged people to watch from their homes.
There were hastily arranged barriers and limits on gatherings tightened across the city, making ever-smaller groups less able to connect. New fences blocked access our harbourside parks where we usually enjoy the freedom to ring in a new year without serious diseases bothering us.
Entry into the harbourside city area was only open to a few hundred people granted Green Zone permits to dine or visit their friends and family.