A new website is helping scores of residents across NSW and Victoria pinpoint where they can catch up over a picnic without breaking any Covid restrictions.
Self-confessed picnic enthusiasts and Sydney residents Stella Blake-Kelly, Ken Tsang and Vanessa Brewster created the website Friendship Island in order to help navigate the new ‘picnic rules’ dotting Australia’s locked-down eastern states – and it is receiving rave reviews.
Online users simply drop multiple pins on the site for nearby friends after searching for an address, allowing them to then figure out the perfect place to catch over a glass of wine, a cheeky beer and good conversation.
The maps for both states were created using OpenStreetMap data and include important details ahead of locking in picnic locations, notably nearby public toilets and cafes.
‘When the Premier (Gladys Berejiklian) announced we could see our friends again we all got really excited,’ Ms Blake-Kelly told Nine.com.au.
‘However, when thinking through the logistics of seeing more than one person it got complicated very quickly.’
While NSW and Victoria have slightly different rules for picnics, don’t despair, the website lets you know what you can and can’t do in both states.
In NSW for example, fully-vaccinated adults are permitted to attend outdoor gatherings of up to five people, including children – but it must be within 5km of your home.
Those who are not fully vaccinated can only gather outdoors with one other person.
In Victoria, groups of up to five fully-vaccinated adults can currently have a picnic together in the park within 10km of their home.
Those who are unvaccinated or have only had one jab can meet up with one other person from another household for a picnic.