NSW’s roadmap explained: What you can and can’t do

New South Wales residents will be able to travel freely and unvaccinated residents will be granted new freedoms under a new three-stage COVID-19 roadmap that hinges on increasing vaccination rates. Premier Gladys Berejiklian signaled that once the state hits a double-dose vaccination rate of 80 per cent, residents will be able to travel freely throughout the state, and when the state hits 90 per cent fully vaccinated, those who are unvaccinated will be given more freedoms. Here's everything we know about the way out of COVID-19 lockdowns in NSW: LIVE UPDATES: Coronavirus death toll rises across Victoria and NSW When will COVID-19 restrictions ease in NSW?Restrictions will begin easing the Monday after the state hits a full vaccination rate of 70 per cent. At this stage, the NSW government anticipates this date to be October 11. You can read a full explainer on the 70 per cent roadmap here. It is expected the state will hit a vaccination rate of 80 per cent about a fortnight later,..

New South Wales residents will be able to travel freely and unvaccinated residents will be granted new freedoms under a new three-stage COVID-19 roadmap that hinges on increasing vaccination rates.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian signaled that once the state hits a double-dose vaccination rate of 80 per cent, residents will be able to travel freely throughout the state, and when the state hits 90 per cent fully vaccinated, those who are unvaccinated will be given more freedoms.

Here's everything we know about the way out of COVID-19 lockdowns in NSW:

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When will COVID-19 restrictions ease in NSW?

Restrictions will begin easing the Monday after the state hits a full vaccination rate of 70 per cent. At this stage, the NSW government anticipates this date to be October 11.

You can read a full explainer on the 70 per cent roadmap here.

It is expected the state will hit a vaccination rate of 80 per cent about a fortnight later, roughly around October 25. At this point more freedoms will be allowed, such as travel.

Then NSW will go to a "third stage" of opening on December, around five weeks after the state hits its 80 per cent double dose target. By then the government is hoping the double dose vaccination rate will hit or surpass 90 per cent.

In this third stage almost all restrictions will drop away and more freedoms will be offered to the unvaccinated.

What's new today? What new freedoms we will get when the vaccination hits 80 per cent?

Previously under the 70 per cent roadmap travel was allowed anywhere in the state.

From today, that has been pushed out to the Monday after NSW hits a rate of 80 per cent.

Residents of Greater Sydney will not be able to travel to meet their families in rural areas until the state hits a vaccination rate of 80 per cent, anticipated to be on October 11.

What about my family? Can I have more people in my home?

You can!

The Monday after the state hits 80 per cent, residents will be allowed to have 10 people visit their home.

What about pubs and restaurants, will the pubs open?

They will be open once the state hits a rate of 70 per cent.

At 80 per cent – expected to be October 11 – drinking while standing up in a pub will be allowed and all premises will operate at a capacity restriction of one person per every four-square metres.

You will no longer be stuck in an awkward conversation at the pub and can move freely away.

What about hairdressers?

At 80 per cent, customer caps will be removed for personal hairdressers in NSW.

Currently hairdressers will be restricted to a maximum of five customers (regardless of floor space) once the state hits 70 per cent.

What about weddings and funerals in NSW?

At 80 per cent (again, anticipated to be October 11), there will be no limit on the number of people allowed to attend weddings and funerals with one caveat: everyone present must be fully vaccinated.

This sounds great! What then happens on December 1?

On December 1 the state will progress to what Ms Berejiklian has described as a "third stage".

On this date, all venues – from pubs to restaurants, gyms and more – will move to a capacity restriction of one person for every two square metres.

Masks will also not be required indoors at offices.

Indoor pools and nightclubs can reopen.

What if I am unvaccinated? When will I get more freedoms?

If you are unvaccinated you will be given every freedom offered to those who are fully vaccinated on December 1. From this date, any COVID-19 restrictions will apply to all NSW residents regardless of their vaccination status.

ROADMAP ANNOUNCEMENT IN FULL

Under the Reopening NSW roadmap at 80 per cent, the following freedoms will apply only to fully vaccinated adults (16+) and those with medical exemptions (staff and patrons).

80 PER CENT DOUBLE DOSE VACCINATIONS

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

CHANGES FROM DECEMBER 1

On Wednesday 1 December 2021, the following settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their 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.

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