Freedom looms as NSW unveils roadmap for 80 per cent vax

New South Wales has unveiled its long-awaited roadmap for when the state hits 80 per cent vaccination which is expected to happen within weeks.

But unvaccinated residents will have to wait until December to enjoy the same freedoms.

It comes as the state recorded 787 new cases to 8pm on Sunday night and 12 further deaths.


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New South Wales has now hit 85 per cent first dose vaccination and 60 per cent double dosed.

The state is expected to reach 70 per cent fully vaccinated by October 11 and 80 per cent by the end of October.

Once the 80 per cent mark is reached regional travel will be allowed, community sport will return and there will be increased capacity at weddings, funerals, household gatherings and hospitality venues.

Non-essential retail can open, personal services including hairdressers, waxing and nail salons can return along with gyms and indoor recreation facilities.

Mask wearing will remain mandatory in indoor settings.

The new freedoms will only apply to fully vaccinated residents with unvaccinated people having to wait until the third stage of reopening.

That will happen on December 1 with further capacity increases for household and public gatherings, weddings, funerals and hospitality venues.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is making no apologies for making unvaccinated residents wait longer.

“I think today is a very disappointing day for those who aren’t vaccinated. I think they assumed once we hit 80 per cent double dose they will have certain freedoms,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“They will have to wait five or six weeks after others. Once we get to 1 December we will have over 90% of our adult population double dosed plus a huge cohort of your 12- to 15-year-olds.”

The Premier has also urged people to remain vigilant in the few weeks between opening up on October 11 and when the state hits 80 per cent.

“Can I caution people between 70 per cent and 80 per cent double dose we need to be careful all the time but extremely careful during that time. We need to respect the rule we have in place to make sure we don’t have such a surge in cases that the hospitals become overwhelmed.”

 

NSW Roadmap for fully-vaccinated people when the state hits 80 per cent double dose: 

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

 Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under)

 Up to 20 people can continue to gather in unregulated outdoor settings

 Up to 200 people can attend COVID Safe events

 Up to 500 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events

 Community sport permitted

 Those who are not fully vaccinated may only gather outdoors in groups of 2 people

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

 Retail stores can operate at one person per 4 sqm (those who are not fully vaccinated will continue to only have access to non-critical retail via click-andcollect)

 Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage) can operate with one person per 4 sqm (uncapped)

 Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 4 sqm inside and one person per 2 sqm outside, with the requirement to be seated while drinking indoors removed. Group bookings will be limited to 20 people. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only access hospitality settings for takeaway

 Gyms and indoor recreation facilities (excluding indoor pools) can operate with one person per 4sqm, capped at 20 people per class

Major outdoor recreation facilities

 Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 4 sqm, capped at 5,000 people (or by exemption).

Entertainment, information and education facilities

 Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 4 sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (whichever is larger)

 Information and education facilities (including libraries, galleries and museums) can operate with one person per 4 sqm

 Amusement centres and nightclubs will remain closed

Working from home

 Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home, if reasonably practicable

 Employers must require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable

Education

 Return to school with COVID Safe measures on 25 October (as previously announced)

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

 One person per 4sqm (uncapped) for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests (no receptions)

 One person per 4 sqm (uncapped) for funerals. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend funerals with a maximum of 10 people

 Churches and places of worship can continue to open with one person per 4 sqm, with no singing. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed

Travel

 Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will be permitted

 Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate, including for those who are not fully vaccinated

 Carpooling is permitted. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only carpool with their household

Masks

 Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, except children under 12

 Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors

 

NSW roadmap from December 1 regardless of vaccination status: 

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

 No limit on the number of visitors to a home

 Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings

 No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

 COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people

 Community sport permitted for all people.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

 Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm

 Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm

 Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking

 Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)

 Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

Major outdoor recreation facilities

 Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm.

Entertainment, information and education facilities

 Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

 Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

 Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm.

Working from home

 Working from home will be at employer’s discretion.

Education

 All year groups return to face-to-face learning.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

 One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing

 One person per 2 sqm for funerals

 Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted.

Travel

 Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW

 Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate

 Carpooling is permitted

 Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

Masks

 Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers

 Mask wearing is not required when outdoors