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Covid-19 vaccination targets: NSW’s new three stage ‘freedom roadmap’ revealed including 80% target

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a three-stage roadmap

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a three-stage roadmap

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a three-stage roadmap

New South Wales has revealed the freedoms restored to locked-down residents once the vaccination rate hits 80 per cent – and life will largely return to normal with another tranche of restrictions eased on December 1. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed Sydney’s lockdown will end on October 11, the Monday after the 70 per cent vaccination rate will be reached. 

This will allow five people to visit a home, pubs and restaurants to open for seated service only, and hair and beauty salons to restart with a cap of five patrons.

About two weeks later, when 80 per cent are fully vaccinated, those rules will slightly relax to allow 10 visitors to a home, community sport and drinking while standing up in a pub or nightclub. 

A one person per four square metre rule will be in place for indoor venues with a one person per two square metre rule for outdoor areas. 

Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage will be uncapped but must obey the four square metre rule. 

Regional travel – previously slated at the 70 per cent rate – has been pushed back to the 80 per cent mark. 

The 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the 50-person limit on fully vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals.

On December 1 – regardless of the vaccination rate – more restrictions will be removed, including for the unvaccinated.

Sydney's lockdown will end on October 11. Pictured: Anzac day celebrations in April

Sydney's lockdown will end on October 11. Pictured: Anzac day celebrations in April

Sydney’s lockdown will end on October 11. Pictured: Anzac day celebrations in April

The density requirement drops to two square metres indoors, masks will no longer be required and the 5,000 cap on stadiums will be removed.

Ms Berejiklian has not yet decided when QR codes will be scrapped.

‘We know they will be around until at least 1 December and likely to be there, I suspect, beyond that as well because there will always be a system in place until Covid’s [no longer] around to make sure we are monitoring the positive cases to make sure we are advising people of what they need to do,’ she said. 

The premier did not announce any plans for international travel – but was hopeful that fully vaccinated Australians will be able to leave and return to NSW with home quarantine in December. 

‘The Prime Minister and I have been in engaging in very positive conversations about what will occur.

‘The Federal Government makes those decisions but we are very encouraged that certain airlines have made announces about destinations they might fly to and we are encouraged by that.’

Qantas has declared it will resume international flights on December 18. 

Community sport will be back on when 80 per cent are vaccinated. Pictured: Soccer in Sydney last year

Community sport will be back on when 80 per cent are vaccinated. Pictured: Soccer in Sydney last year

Community sport will be back on when 80 per cent are vaccinated. Pictured: Soccer in Sydney last year 

NSW is currently running a home quarantine trial of 100 international arrivals.

‘We are still getting health advice on whether it is 7 or 14 [days’ quarantine]. The trial is for a seven-day period,’ Ms Berejiklian said. 

The premier also urged other states to consider opening up to NSW residents. Queensland and Western Australia are pursuing Covid elimination strategies and have suggested keeping their borders closed over Christmas.

‘I don’t want to it be the case that I will be able to go overseas before I can go to Perth,’ Ms Berejiklian said. 

‘I hope Australia will open up together once we get to those double dose figures and we will be able to, as one nation, move freely within our own country as well as have the opportunity to go overseas.’  

NSW is expected to reach the 70 per cent jab rate on October 6 and 80 per cent on October 15, according to data tracking site Covidlive. 

Premier Berejiklian said lockdown will end in Sydney on 11 October.

‘I can say quite confidently we envisage 11 October will be the day we will be able to adhere to that road map,’ she said.

NSW recorded 787 new locally acquired cases on Monday – down from the peak of 1,603 on September 11.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said she believes 92 per cent of over 16s will get fully vaccinated. 

‘I actually do think that we will get to 92% vaccination of our 16 pluses and I’m really keen that our 12- to 15-year-olds will get to a similar level,’ she said.

 So I’m actually optimistic that we can achieve that in a very short order.5′ 

NSW’s three stage roadmap: The final two stages 

80% VACCINATION (Expected late October)

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.

For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.

 

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Earlier on Monday Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying the difference in freedom for the vaccinated will be ‘stark’.

‘I think you’ll be surprised at what will be announced. If you want the freedoms we are talking about right across the board you’re going to have to be vaccinated,’ he told 2GB radio on Monday morning. 

‘No one’s going to choose to be unvaccinated.’

Mr Barilaro’s comments contrasted with his words on September 13 when he said businesses would be able to let in unvaccinated patrons once the 80 per cent jab rate was hit.

‘It will only be a three to four weeks of short inconvenience,’ he said two weeks ago – before Premier Gladys Berejiklian overruled him and said unvaccinated people will still have their freedoms curtailed. 

The 70 per cent target will see pubs and restaurants re-open with a four-square-metre rule and allow five visitors to homes. 

Regional travel is supposed to restart at 70 per cent but this may be pushed back to the 80 per cent mark because several regional areas have lower vaccination rates than Sydney. Pictured: Bondi Beach

Regional travel is supposed to restart at 70 per cent but this may be pushed back to the 80 per cent mark because several regional areas have lower vaccination rates than Sydney. Pictured: Bondi Beach

Regional travel is supposed to restart at 70 per cent but this may be pushed back to the 80 per cent mark because several regional areas have lower vaccination rates than Sydney. Pictured: Bondi Beach

Residents of the Waverley LGA, including Bondi are seen this morning on a colder day, after record crowds descended on the popular destination over the weekend

Residents of the Waverley LGA, including Bondi are seen this morning on a colder day, after record crowds descended on the popular destination over the weekend

Residents of the Waverley LGA, including Bondi are seen this morning on a colder day, after record crowds descended on the popular destination over the weekend

The easing of restrictions - expected on October 11 - will only apply to those fully vaccinated. Pictured: spectators during an NRL game on Saturday

The easing of restrictions - expected on October 11 - will only apply to those fully vaccinated. Pictured: spectators during an NRL game on Saturday

The easing of restrictions – expected on October 11 – will only apply to those fully vaccinated. Pictured: spectators during an NRL game on Saturday

It comes as swimming pools, hardware stores and garden centres re-opened in Sydney on Monday, including to the unvaccinated. 

Swimmers are faced with two-hour maximum time slots, while changing rooms  remain closed with only outdoor showers and accessible toilets in use.

Groups of five fully-vaccinated people are allowed in, while the un-vaccinated will be only permitted in groups of two – with a ‘swim and go’ policy meaning no one is allowed to stay and sunbake.

Plant nurseries and hardware stores, up until now shut to everyone but tradies in NSW hotspot areas, are allowed to open their doors again to all customers.  

Sydneysiders swimming at Icebergs (pictured) in Bondi in mid-2021 just before the Delta variant outbreak swept through the city. Bondi Icebergs is still closed as bosses draw up Covid-safe plans

Sydneysiders swimming at Icebergs (pictured) in Bondi in mid-2021 just before the Delta variant outbreak swept through the city. Bondi Icebergs is still closed as bosses draw up Covid-safe plans

Sydneysiders swimming at Icebergs (pictured) in Bondi in mid-2021 just before the Delta variant outbreak swept through the city. Bondi Icebergs is still closed as bosses draw up Covid-safe plans

Last week Premier Gladys Berejiklian discouraged people from thinking of the state’s reopening next month as ‘Freedom Day’. 

NSW was ‘almost gallop(ing) to the finish line’ of 70 per cent full vaccination among its eligible population, she said on Friday.  

‘I’m always wary of using terms like Freedom Day because when we start to open up it must be step-by-step, it has to be done cautiously,’ she told reporters.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said he does not want a ‘two-tiered society’ in NSW, arguing the state should ‘open up for everyone’ once the vaccine has been accessible to the entire eligible population. 

However Opposition Leader Chris Minns suggested the comment could undermine public health messaging.

‘It’s really important the NSW government is singing from the same song sheet and continues to encourage people to get vaccinated,’ he said. 

NSW residents who haven't rolled up their sleeves may be banned from attending weddings (pictured, a wedding held in Sydney in September)

NSW residents who haven't rolled up their sleeves may be banned from attending weddings (pictured, a wedding held in Sydney in September)

NSW residents who haven’t rolled up their sleeves may be banned from attending weddings (pictured, a wedding held in Sydney in September)

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said he would only advise the scrapping of QR codes and vaccine passports once the state hit ‘saturation levels’. 

Mr Dominello said these vaccination rates of 90 to 96 per cent are likely to be hit by Christmas, in welcome news for lockdown-weary Sydneysiders.  

‘Notwithstanding that these are my babies, I will be the first to turn them off,’ he said.

‘The reality is, until we get to that high point, there will be a place for them. But they are only to be used in pandemic situations.’ 

Vaccine passports are expected to be in the hands of NSW residents by mid-October, a week after the state’s propositioned ‘Freedom Day’ on October 11. 

Roadmap to freedom: All the changes for fully vaccinated NSW residents after hitting 70 per cent jab target

Gatherings in the home and public spaces

– Up to five 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.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms 

· Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.

· Retail stores can reopen under the one 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 one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.

· Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one 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 one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 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 one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

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 one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel 

· Domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will be permitted.

· Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.

· Carpooling will be permitted.

Non-vaccinated young people aged under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.

There will be revised guidance on isolation for close and casual contacts who are fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.

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. 

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Source: Daily Mail

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