Businesses decimated by COVID restrictions and border closures in northern NSW are hoping they will see the region roar back to life, with travel restrictions now scrapped across NSW.
After months of being locked out, fully vaccinated Sydneysiders are now able to travel freely into the regions.
Tweed businesses are hoping the reopening of the state will see people pour into the regions, with many tourism operators already reporting a spike in bookings up until Summer.
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In Byron Bay, accommodation is reported to be fully booked right up until Easter.
Regional travel was due to resume two weeks ago but the Government made the decision to delay the move to allow regional areas to boost their lagging vaccination rates.
The timing appears to have worked out perfectly, with NSW recording just 177 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, the lowest case count since late July.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the lifting of travel restrictions will see families reunited for the first time in months.
“For the first time in a long time, grandparents will be able to visit grandkids, many people will be reunited,” he said.
Premier Perrottet said he believes it is safe to reopen now, with the state’s double-dose vaccination rate sitting at 87 per cent and continuing to climb.
Along with the resumption of regional travel, residents can now also leave the state and head overseas, with vaccinated international arrivals no longer required to quarantine in NSW.