In response to the faster-than-expected rate of vaccination, the NSW government will further ease rules for those who are fully vaccinated by bringing forward many of the roadmap changes scheduled for December 1 to next Monday, November 8.
From November 8 there will be no limit on visitors to a home, no rules for outdoor gatherings with fewer than 1,000 people, and indoor swimming pools will reopen for all purposes.
Businesses will be able to welcome more fully vaccinated customers with all premises to move to one person per two sqm rule, and nightclubs will be able to reopen dancefloors.
Caps will be removed for settings other than gym and dance classes (where the 20-person cap for classes will remain) and replaced by density limits or 100 per cent fixed seated capacity for major recreation outdoor facilities (including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos) and entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres).
These freedoms will only be available for people who are fully vaccinated, including those who have medical exemptions and children under the age of 16. COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination will still be required.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must still abide by pre-roadmap restrictions until the state reaches the 95 per cent double vaccination target, or December 15, whichever happens first.
The current settings for masks, which apply to everyone, will remain in place until the state reaches the 95 per cent double vaccination target, or December 15, whichever happens first.
To maintain high levels of immunity across the community, NSW Health has commenced rolling out a booster vaccination program at its clinics to people aged 18 and older who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine six months or more ago. Pfizer will be used for boosters regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine received for the first or second dose.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said regional NSW had rolled up their sleeves for vaccinations and we’re now ready to welcome back visitors.
“Regions across NSW answered the call when we asked them to come forward and get vaccinated. Thanks to the community for coming out and getting the jab,” Mr Toole said.
“The time is right now for regional businesses to welcome back visitors safely in every town across the state and get tills turning over.”
More information about the 90 per cent easing of restrictions at nsw.gov.au.
You can book your COVID-19 vaccine or your booster shot, via www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination/get-vaccinated.