The NSW government has released the roadmap for the easing of restrictions when the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target is reached.
The government already has released its roadmap for when the state reaches the 70 per cent double dose mark. That’s expected to take effect on October 11, given current immunisation rates, with the 80 per cent mark expected to be reached as little as two weeks after the 70 per cent.
From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target for people aged 16 and over, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have up to 10 people visit their home, participate in community sport, and access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors). All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.
The 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals, and remove customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers.
Given updated health advice, adjustments have been made to the 70 per cent roadmap. Regional travel will now not be allowed until the 80 per cent fully vaccinated mark, and a cap has been introduced for hospitality venues of 20 people per booking.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is considering changes to incoming international arrival caps, so more people can return home for Christmas.
“The NSW Government’s 70 per cent roadmap lifts fully vaccinated people out of lockdown and when we reach 80 per cent, restrictions will ease even further,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The key continues to be vaccination rates, so please do not hesitate and book in for your free COVID-19 vaccine today so we can reach these targets as soon as possible.
“I must also clarify that travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will only be permitted when the state reaches 80 per cent double dose. This change is necessary to give some regional areas the time they need to increase local vaccination rates.”
From 1 December further changes will be introduced including all venues moving to the 2sqm rule, masks will not be required indoors at offices, indoor pools and nightclubs can reopen, and unvaccinated people will have greater freedoms.
If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible. For the latest information visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19