The New New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet has wasted no time getting stuck into the top job, announcing a raft of changes to the state’s COVID reopening roadmap on Thursday.
Fully vaccinated residents of the state will no longer be under lockdown orders from Monday 11 October with additional freedoms to now be enjoyed under the newly announced changes.
70% double dose changes:
From Monday, NSW residents will be allowed to welcome up to 10 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to the home, an increase from 5 under the previous roadmap.
Outdoor gatherings will increase to 30, 10 more than previously outlined.
The cap on weddings and funerals will be doubled to 100.
Indoor pools will also be able to reopen for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab activities.
80% double dose changes:
Mr Pettottet also announced changes to restrictions once the state reaches 80% double dose vaccination.
Home gatherings limits will be increased to 20 with outdoor gatherings of up to 50 permitted.
Ticketed outdoor events will be able to go ahead with up to 3,000 people, previously only 500 people were able to attend under the old roadmap.
Masks will also no longer be required in offices once the 80% vaccination rate is met.
The NSW Government on Thursday stressed that the freedoms outlined at 70% and 80% double dose vaccination are only for fully vaccinated residents.
However, the state’s new Deputy Premier announced that workers in regional areas who have received their first dose of a COVID jab will be able to return to work from Monday October 11.
Paul Toole said a grace period will be in place until November 1 for regional residents to receive their second dose.
“This has been done because in some areas it was difficult to be able to get vaccines into those areas.”
‘Regional’ areas are defines as those outside of the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Central Coast region.
Return to school:
Schools students in New South Wales will return to the classroom one week sooner under the revised road map.
Years 1 and 12 students will be the first to resume face-to-face learning on October 18.
All other year groups will join the a week later on October 25.
The state recorded a total of 587 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.