Unvaccinated people are free to leave their homes, head to the shops and out for dinner again under changes to COVID-19 restrictions in New South Wales.

The same rules will also apply for unvaccinated Canberrans when heading across the border.

Among the other changes is the removal of QR check-in requirements at low-risk venues while capacity limits have also been removed.

ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said, despite the changes in NSW, the Territory Government was not looking to make the same changes at this time.

“The Chief Health Officer had been giving some consideration to pulling back on some of our check-in requirements at lower risk venues.”

“But we’ve decided to leave those in place because they are a really good support for our ‘Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine’ in light of the emergence of the omicron variant in Australia.”

Also in New South Wales, masks now only need to be worn by people aged 12 and over in the following settings:

  • public transport waiting areas
  • while on public transport
  • airports and on aircraft
  • for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated

Hotel quarantine requirements for returning travellers from Southern Africa have also been scrapped.

Instead, they’ll only be required to isolate at home for 72-hours…in line with other fully vaccinated returned overseas travellers.

You can find out more about the eased restrictions in NSW here.

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