NSW residents, who are completely stunned, are set to have a number of new freedoms on Monday – but a major limitation will remain after a setback in the crisis cabinet.
NSW residents will be able to stand up with schooners in hand at the pub, and 20 people will be allowed into homes from Monday, provided the double vaccination rate hits 80 percent on Sunday as expected.
But there will be a promised freedom that does not happen on Monday: travel from greater Sydney to regional NSW.
It is understood that the State Government’s crisis cabinet met on Thursday and decided to push regional travel back to a later date.
Allowing city dwellers to take bush rides was promised by 70 percent double vaccination milestone, later pushed back to 80 percent – and now it will be delayed again, postponing family reunions and vacations.
It is understood that the Crisis Cabinet wanted to postpone regional travel to allow regions with left vaccination admission to catch up.
However, it is expected that the rest of the 80 per cent timetable will come into force before Monday if NSW residents continue to be stabbed at the current rate.
This would mean that people who have been given two doses of a vaccine will have the following freedoms from then on:
Groups of 20 people are allowed to gather at home, exclusive children, and up to 50 people can gather outdoors.
Ticket events will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people in outdoor and controlled settings and kickstart the state’s arts and music industry.
Up to 5,000 people will be able to attend sporting events, and community sports are also back.
Masks remain mandatory indoors except in offices, a change introduced by new Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet as an incentive to get people back to work.
Drinking is allowed while standing up in a pub, but everywhere has limits on density.
The limit of 20 people on bookings remains.
Nightclubs may reopen, but dancing is not allowed.
Hairdressers are already open, but the density limits no longer apply when the state reaches 80 percent.
Weddings and funerals
There will be no limit to the number of people allowed to attend weddings and funerals, but all guests must be fully vaccinated.
All students return to on-site learning by October 25, as long as the school has CovidSafe measures in place.
Kindergarten, year 1 and year 12 students return for face to face learning a week earlier.
More freedoms will be granted on December 1 and will also apply to unvaccinated residents.