NSW delays freedom date for unvaccinated

The New South Wales Government has opted to push back the ‘Freedom Day’ for the unvaccinated by two weeks.

Those who haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine were going to see a relaxing of restrictions from December 1 but that has now been pushed back to December 15.

However, if the state reaches the 95 per cent double-dose rate, the restrictions will lift at that time, which ever comes first.


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Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed the news at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

“We want to make sure as we open up that we open up safely,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Our vaccination rates have been key and, ultimately, we want to get to a point where New South Wales is open, one and free and we believe the changes we have made today enable that to occur.”

Those who are fully vaccinated will see a further easing of restrictions from November 8.

Businesses will move to the two square metre density limit rule but gym classes will be kept at 20 per class.

Visitors to the home will be uncapped.

Outdoor gatherings will increase as well for those who are fully vaccinated and for those outdoor gatherings of more than 1000, you will need a COVID safe plan.

Amusement centres and play centres will open and major events and stadiums will go to 100 per cent capacity.

The Premier also urged residents to continue to come forward for testing as the state reopens further.

“Our testing rates are still strong hearing New Wales but I still encourage people that if you have any symptoms please be tested. If you don’t feel well, stay home,” Mr Perrottet said.

“These are the small sacrifices we can all make to ensure that as we open up we do so as safely as possible.”