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A press release from the NSW Government has updated the roadmap for easing restrictions after the State reaches the 95 per cent double dose vaccination target or 15 December, whichever comes first.

Just when we were getting used to the current roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone include:

• Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated (previously all indoors front-of-house hospitality staff regardless of vaccination status). Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot social distance;

• No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm);

• COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses and will be supported by SafeWork NSW;

• QR check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services (e.g. hairdressers and beauty salons), limited hospitality settings (including pubs, small bars, registered clubs and nightclubs), and for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people; and

• Proof of vaccination will no longer be required by Public Health Order for most activities (businesses can still require proof at their own discretion). Proof of vaccination will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

More than 92 per cent of people over 16 vaccinated

Premier Dominic Perrottet said that with more than 92 per cent of people over 16 now vaccinated ahead of the summer festive season, NSW is continuing to take a responsible and measured approach to reopening.

‘To maintain high levels of immunity across the community, NSW Health is rolling out a booster vaccination program at its clinics to individuals aged 18 and older who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine six months or more ago.

NSW amongst the highest vaccinated populations in the world

Mr Perrottet said the easing of restrictions was only possible because NSW is amongst the highest vaccinated populations in the world and the introduction of the booster shot program. ‘We’re leading the world when it comes to vaccinations and that is a tremendous achievement we can all be proud of because it has allowed us to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible.’

‘The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer providing a boost for some of our hardest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID.

Roadmap a staged and considered approach

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the roadmap was a staged and considered approach which ensured Regional NSW was able to welcome back visitors in a COVID safe way.

‘Regional NSW is open for business thanks to high vaccination rates right across the state. I’d remind visitors to our beautiful beaches, countryside and outback this summer to be respectful and ensure they are abiding by safety measures, which include wearing masks on public transport, planes and at airports.’

Mr Perrotet says the NSW Government will continue to review the roadmap settings and make any appropriate changes based on the current case numbers and vaccination rates.

More information about the next stage of easing of restrictions is available at nsw.gov.au.


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COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African...

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

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When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

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Two new COVID cases on the Tweed

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COVID update – November 19, three new cases

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1 COMMENT

  1. Well, isn’t mr Perrotet fabulous?
    He’s taking full responsibility for removing all sane measures to prevent the spread of this deadly disease, at the same time this NU variant is poised to spread through the World.
    It doesn’t concern him or that Greg Hunt idiot, that it looks like vaccination is no protection and it is much more transmissable, although Greg maintains that he will not dither much more.
    Cheers,G”)

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