BREAKING: NSW announces major relaxing of restrictions

The NSW Government has unveiled some major changes to its reopening roadmap.

Once the state hits the 95 per cent double dose vaccination target, or from December 15, whichever comes first, a number of restrictions will be eased.

Masks will no longer be required, except for on public transport, at airports, and on planes.


Indoor front-of-house staff who are not fully vaccinated will also be required to continue to wear a mask, however, workers who are fully jabbed have been given the all-clear to remove them.

Another significant change is that QR codes have been largely scrapped, with the check-in system to only be required at high-risk venues including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services.

Personal services such as hairdressers and beauty salons, along with a small number of hospitality settings including pubs, small bars, registered clubs and nightclubs will also be required to continue using the check-in system.

The one person per 2sqm rule has also been ditched, meaning once the milestone is hit there will no longer be any density limits.

In another huge change, proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most activities, excluding indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

However, businesses can still require proof at their own discretion.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the easing of restrictions is only possible because NSW is amongst the highest vaccinated populations in the world.

“We’re leading the world when it comes to vaccinations and that is a tremendous achievement we can all be proud of because it has allowed us to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Perrottet said.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer providing a boost for some of our hardest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism Stuart Ayres said the updated plans for the next stage of the roadmap was great news for businesses still impacted by the remaining restrictions.

“This is a timely boost for businesses just before the busy Christmas and summer holiday periods,” Mr Ayres said.

“I want to encourage everyone to go out and support NSW businesses – whether it’s a meal out, booking a regional trip, or holiday shopping at your favourite local store, this is a prime time to enjoy the new freedoms and help NSW businesses bounce back.”

The NSW Government said it will continue to review the roadmap settings and make changes based on the current case numbers and vaccination rates.