Large scale events are not a thing of the past.
Tomorrow in Sydney 12,500 people will be at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the cricket test between Australia and India. They will have close to 40,000 in Brisbane in a week, but Sydney can't have a full house, as was planned a week ago due to an outbreak that has seen about 200 cases, none in hospital.
I would have been there but I live in one of the 'banned suburbs' although I haven't been anywhere near any of the named places I still can't attend).
They are expecting crowds of around 50% capacity at the Australian Open next month, assuming the outbreak doesn't grow. That will mean in the vicinity of 25,000 a day.
We have already had sports events with 40,000 plus people and New Zealand have been having full houses at sports and other events since June. This has happened because both countries enforced strict lock downs and closed our internal borders i.e. no travelling between states with exceptions for those who live on the border and work in the other state. The people also took the lock down seriously and were prepared to put up with the pain for a short time period rather then put their individual rights above the good of the nation.
This picture was taken at the third State of Origin match in November 2020 with about 49,000 people in the stadium in Brisbane: https://au.sports.yahoo.c...l-pandemic-094214834.html
How many cases resulted - ZERO.
Click the images to get the one of the crowd (there are two - one of a batsman who has literally just been crowned the world's best test batsmen this week and one of the crowd) https://www.dawn.com/news/1597927
showing the state of events in New Zealand ... this is normal for NZ in summer. This wasn't the test I was watching today but last week.
I was watching the cricket from New Zealand today and on day 3 of the test they had 1000s of people sitting around the ground, no masks, mixing, running and simply enjoying a normal summer's day. This image was taken three days ago at the Christchurch test - https://www.rnz.co.nz/new...-vs-pakistan-live-updates
We, Down Under, have no intention of not having the mass events we had in the past. We will do what is necessary and then when we have this under control we will go about our business as normal with crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 at sports and other events.
Perth had a New Year's Eve as per normal - http://newyearseveblog.com/nye-perth/
This is a link to the planned events, which took place.