22 October 2021 6:59

NSW freedom roadmap: Here’ details of what you can do from 11 October, 1 December and in between

80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals, and remove customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that from the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow a number of freedoms to those who are fully vaccinated.

1- Up to 10 people will be able to visit homes,
2- Participate in community sport and,
3- Access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors).

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.

- Advertisement -

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals, and remove customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers.

“I know people are counting down the minutes until we reach 70 per cent double dose and the freedoms that will provide, and today we are providing further certainty by announcing the 80 per cent roadmap and future settings,”

Ms Berejiklian said.

“Vaccination remains our ticket to freedom so we need to work even harder to get jabs in arms, to help stop the spread, minimise outbreaks and ensure people are protected when we open up,” She added.

NSW Premier’s COVID-19 update; Picture Source: The Australia Today
NSW Premier’s COVID-19 update; Picture Source: The Australia Today

Updated health advice, adjustments have been made to the 70 per cent roadmap.

Regional travel will now not be allowed until 80 per cent (fully vaccinated only), and a booking cap has been introduced for hospitality venues of 20 people per booking.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is considering changes to incoming international arrival caps, so more people can return home for Christmas.

“The NSW Government’s 70 per cent roadmap lifts fully vaccinated people out of lockdown and when we reach 80 per cent, restrictions will ease even further,”

Mr Barilaro said.

“I must also clarify that travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will only be permitted when the state reaches 80 per cent double dose.”

- Advertisement -

This is necessary to give some regional areas the time they need to increase local vaccination rates.

NSW’s 80 PER CENT ROADMAP

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).

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-and collect)
  • 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 1 DECEMBER 2021
    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.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked the people of NSW for their sacrifices.

“It’s the dedication of our health workers which allows us to ease some of the restrictions again and to begin the process of opening up the state,” Mr Hazzard said.

It is currently estimated at Monday 11 October will mark 70 per cent double dose vaccination for NSW. This will allow some opening and lifting of restrictions for those who are vaccinated.

This is what 70 per cent freedom will look like.

Gatherings in the home and public spaces

  • Up to 5 visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship
  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to 1 person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms
  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to 1 person per 4sqm inside and 1 person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the 1 person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with 1 person per 4sqm, capped at 5 clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the 1 person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities
  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with 1 person per 4sqm, capped at 5000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with 1 person per 4sqm or 75% fixed seated capacity.
Travel
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.
Masks
  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

The roadmap may be fine-tuned by NSW Health as we monitor the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks.

If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon as possible.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Australia Today News on Patreon!
become a patron button 1
Liked it? Take a second to support The Australia Today News on Patreon!
become a patron button 2
,