New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has outlined the state’s roadmap out of lockdown, which will occur in two stages depending on the vaccination rate.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has outlined the NSW's roadmap out of lockdown, which will occur in two stages depending on the vaccination rate.
Currently, there is no specific date on when NSW will begin easing restrictions.
The first wave of freedoms will occur on the Monday after the state reaches a vaccination rate of 70 per cent of eligible adults who are vaccinated with two doses.
A second wave of freedoms will the occur on the Monday after the state reaches a vaccination rate of 80 per cent double-dosed.
Here's what we know about the roadmap so far:
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When is NSW's lockdown ending? What date and time?
There is no specific date and time.
According to Ms Berejiklian, the first wave of restrictions easing will occur the Monday after the state reaches a vaccination rate of 70 per cent of eligible residents double dosed.
If this falls on a Sunday, restrictions will ease the next day.
More restrictions will ease once the state then progresses to a rate of 80 per cent double-dosed vaccinated.
It's anticipated the rate will hit 70 per cent sometime in mid-October.
What if we have another outbreak? Are lockdowns over for good?
No, lockdowns are not ruled out forever.
The premier stressed that if there were to be a surge or outbreak of cases then easing restrictions may be delayed, or lockdowns may be brought back in.
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What if you've had one dose? Do you still get freedoms?
The easing of restrictions only apply to fully vaccinated NSW residents and those with medical exemptions.
Can I go visit my family?
Once NSW hits a rate of 70 per cent double vaccinated, yes, you can visit your family.
Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children aged 12 and under).
Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Only fully vaccinated people can visit.
Will the shops be open in NSW?
Once the vaccination rate hits 70 per cent double-dosed, retail stores can reopen under the one person per four square metres rule.
Unvaccinated people - or people who have had one dose - will only be able to access critical retail.
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Will the pubs and restaurants be opened?
Once the vaccination rate hits 70 per cent double-dosed, hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per four square metres inside and one person per two square metres outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
What about the gym? Can I go to my gym?
Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per four-square-metre rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
Everyone who attends must be fully vaccinated.
Can I go to the hairdresser?
Again following the vaccination rate, personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per four square metres, capped at five clients per premises.
What about weddings and funerals?
Once the state hits 70 per cent double vaccinated, up to 50 guests will be allowed to attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking permitted only while sitting.
Up to 50 guests will be allowed to attend funerals, with the same eating and drinking rules as weddings.
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What about churches? Will my church be allowed to open?
Churches and places of worship can open with a rule of one person for every four square metres. However, no singing will be allowed.
Can I travel? How far can I travel?
Domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will be permitted.
There is no limit on how far you can travel within state borders.
Carpooling will be permitted.
Caravan parks and camping grounds will reopen.
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What about travelling interstate?
NSW can only govern its own borders, and Ms Berejiklian said it's likely that NSW will hit the 70 per cent vaccination rate before the other states.
In essence, it depends on which state you wish to travel to.
What about the office? Will we still be working at home?
For office workers, even once the rate hits 70 per cent employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.
Will the footy reopen for crowds? What about theatres and zoos?
Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per four square metres, 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 one person per four square metres or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.
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What about masks? Will I still need to wear a mask?
Once the rate hits 70 per cent fully vaccinated, 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.
You won't need to wear a mask outside if just going for a walk.
What about my kids who are aged under 16, but aren't vaccinated?
Once the rate hits 70 per cent, 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.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-lockdown-restrictions-update-full-list-easing-october-18-pubs-hairdressers-gyms-everything-you-can-cant-do-explainer/60c0b0fe-f900-4050-9caa-97613ed670d4