Sydney brought in 2021 with a pyrotechnics show from its famous harborside. New Year's Eve was grim for New South Wales and Victoria, with Australia's two most populous states battling to curb new Covid-19 outbreaks. Locations around Sydney's harbour were fenced off, popular parks closed and famous nightspots eerily deserted. People were only allowed in central Sydney if they had a restaurant reservation or were one of five guests of an inner-city resident. Access to the city centre was not allowed without a permit.