All attendees can cop a fine

The NSW government has changed the Covid health orders to say that all attendees at private gatherings at homes in the state above the 20-visitor limit risk being slapped with a $1000 fine.

Before yesterday only the organiser of a gathering was liable to receive a fine if the number of people at the premises breached the Public Health Order but, from Monday, every person in attendance will now be held individually responsible for the breach.

The total number of visitors includes adults and children but members of the household are not counted among the 20-visitor limit.

The changes aim to ensure the safety of the community ahead of an expected increase in gatherings associated with Christmas and end-of-year festivities.