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NSW’s ‘freedom day’ is just three days away, but the changed roadmap has seen some sound the alarm bell with teachers calling it ‘complete disrespect’

NSW's 'freedom day' is just three days away, with vaccinated residents to be allowed to do even more things thanks to the state's new premier.

However, the changed coronavirus roadmap has seen some sound the alarm bell.

The NSW Teachers Federation said they were "blindsided" about the removal of the staggered approach to get kids back to the classrooms, saying their plan is in "disarray"

All school students will now go back to face-to-face learning on October 25 in what Mr Perrottet called "a major relief".

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The usually bustling Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia.

Students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return on October 18.

However, students in year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return a week earlier than expected, joining years 2, 6 and 11 on October 25..

In a statement, the NSW Teacher's Federation said the updated showed "complete disrespect for the teaching profession and the work that they do".

Premier Dominic Perrottet, during a press conference.

It said work assessing ventilation has not been done, and only 85 per cent of teachers are fully vaccinated.

It said it could put HSC exams at risk.

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Meanwhile, doctor's body the Australian Medical Association said it fears reopening is being done too fast.

The NSW Chairman, Dr Michael Bonning, said even the 80 per cent vaccinated rate, still a few weeks away, won't be the end of COVID-19

"Just because we've got a new premier in the driver's seat, that's not a good enough reason to deviate from the court that was set out," Dr Bonning said.

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He said the health professionals also need to be supported when it comes to the plan, which needs to "look after the health of everyone".

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Premier Dominic Perrottet  visits Sahara Cafe and Grill at the Casula Mall in South West Sydney.

"We can't afford to act like COVID is over. The 80 per cent vaccine rate is like the ticket to starting the finals, it's not the end of the race," he said.

Changes to the NSW roadmap out of lockdown "potentially undoes some of that good work" residents have done, added the Chair of the NSW Australian Medical Association.

Dr Michael Bonning said the state cannot become "reckless".

"We don't know the inner workings of what's going on within the cabinet and how the health advice is being taken but what we have seen is a significant change from where we and this is all about protecting NSW," Dr Bonning told Today.

"People in NSW have done so much. They have followed the health advice.

"We, as a state, may well end up as a world leader in vaccination and we just need to give it a couple more weeks to get it there and this acceleration potentially undoes some of that good work.

"NSW has, at every stage in the pandemic, been a leader in Australia but it needs to be careful and think about how it uses restrictions, including mask wearing, to continue to be that leader rather than becoming reckless and going away from health advice planned for reopening."

Numbers for events such as weddings, funerals and having people to a home were doubled by Mr Perrottet.

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Indoor pools will open as well as nightclubs- but with no dancing.

Source: 9News

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