There’s been a major change to Covid rules in NSW with new freedoms brought forward. Here’s all you need to know about the changes.
NSW residents will be able to enjoy new freedoms earlier than planned after the Premier revealed the road map would be fast-tracked.
The next wave of freedoms were not expected to come into force until December 1 but Dominic Perrottet said that would be shifted to Monday, November 8 for fully vaccinated residents.
Unvaccinated people will now have to wait until the state achieves its 95 per cent double dose target which isn’t likely to happen until mid-December.
All restrictions would be removed on Monday, except mask-wearing indoors. Some density limits will still apply to weddings and funerals, as well as venues.
But other events like community sport will be back on the cards.
About 93.6 per cent of eligible residents have had one jab, while 87.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Mr Perrottet told reporters on Tuesday that the vaccine take up was the result of an “extraordinary effort” from every person across NSW.
“For those who are fully vaccinated there are some changes we are pleased to announce today,” he said.
The decision was made after a crisis cabinet met on Monday to discuss the measures.
Mr Perrottet had hinted at the changes during an interview with The Today Show on Monday where he said some of the relaxations to rules could be brought forward.
“We set a road map to provide clarity and certainty for people, but we want to drive that vax rate up as high as we can up to around 95 per cent,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Ultimately there are opportunities to bring forward some of that relaxing of restrictions.”
Another 173 Covid cases and four deaths have been recorded in NSW on Tuesday as figures continues to steadily decline while vaccine rates grow.
The new figures came a day after international borders reopened to NSW and regional travel was allowed again.
ALL THE NEW FREEDOMS
No limits on gatherings in the home or outdoors. The density limit will shift to one person per 2sq m for indoor and outdoor settings.
Community sport back on and a CovidSafe plan needs to be in place for events with more than 1000 people.
Hospitality, retail and gyms
Density limits of one person per 2sq m apply in all settings. But patrons can now drink standing up in venues.
Outdoor facilities like zoos and theme parks as well as indoor venues like galleries, cinemas, museums and theatres can open but must follow the one person per 2sq m rule.
Nightclubs can open with one person per 4sq m.
Working from home will be at employer’s discretion.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship
Density limits of one person per 2sq m apply. Dancing will be allowed at weddings and singing has been given the green light in places of worship.
Masks are still mandatory indoors until December 15, Dr Chant confirmed. After that, it’s likely they will remain mandatory on public transport and for hospitality staff.
More to come