Alright NSW friends buckle the fuck up, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. We have a clear NSW roadmap out of this mess, and it’s looking rather promising for our end of year gatherings.

Remember: most of these freedoms are for fully vaccinated people only (book that shot already), with the non-vaccinated allowed out of the house sometime around December.

Once NSW hits 70% fully vaccinated

  • 5 visitors in the home allowed, adults must all be fully vaxxed.
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants can reopen, with a one-person per 4sqm rule, and up to 20 people per booking.
  • Standing while drinking is allowed outside only.
  • Non-critical retail reopens.
  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities reopen (excluding outdoor swimming pools), with up to 20 people in classes.
  • Hairdressers return with 5 clients per premises. Hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours reopen, with up to five clients.
  • 5 visitors in the home allowed, adults must all be fully vaxxed.
  • Outdoor gatherings are allowed with up to 20 people.
  • Visits to aged care and disability homes are permitted.
  • 50 guest cap on weddings and funerals.
  • Stadiums, theme parks and zoos capped at 5000 people.
  • Masks are mandatory inside.
  • Work from home continues, if reasonable.
  • The 5km rule is essentially gone. However, Sydney people cannot travel to the regions just yet (but can visit Greater Sydney, which includes the Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and the Blue Mountains)
  • Travel holidays between regional LGAs are allowed, but people outside Greater Sydney cannot enter for a holiday.

We’re expected to hit 70% by Thursday 7 October, so unless new NSW Premier Dom Perrottet changes the rules, we’re set to reopen on Monday October 11.

“Let’s not think about this as a freedom day,” former Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a few weeks ago.

“But let’s think about this as a sustained reopening to getting back to normal but there is no doubt that for those of us who are fully vaccinated that the 70% double dose life will feel so much better.”

Once NSW hits 80% fully vaccinated

  • Up to 10 visitors to the home, adults must all be fully-vaxxed.
  • Community sport returns to NSW.
  • Drinking while standing is allowed indoors (PUB!)
  • Indoor premises will return to 1 person per 4 sqm indoors, 1 per 2 sqm outdoors.
  • No customer caps on personal services (eg. hairdressers, tattoo studios, day spas etc).
  • Requirements for fully vaxxed status at weddings and funerals removed, no caps on these gatherings.
  • Regional travel will become unrestricted between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW, for the fully vaccinated only.
  • Up to 500 people allowed at ticketed and seated events.
  • Gyms may be operated at one person per 4 sqm.
  • International arrivals cap at 3,500 Australians coming home every week.
  • Masks remain mandatory indoors.
  • Carpooling will be permitted

“The message to the unvaccinated is you will not achieve any further freedom until you get vaccinated,” said former Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

However, that isn’t quite true, as on December 1 everyone in NSW, regardless of vax status, will gain even more freedoms.

December 1 freedoms for all NSW people

Here are the freedoms coming on December 1 for all in NSW, regardless of vax status.

  • No limit on home visitors.
  • No limit on outdoor gatherings.
  • One person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Nightclubs will open one person per 4 sqm.
  • Work from home becomes at employer’s discretion.
  • Regional travel will become available to all.
  • Masks are mandatory for public transport, in airports and on planes, and for front-of-house hospitality staff, but no longer required when outdoors.

This is subject to change, of course. The former NSW Government said as much, and now we have a new government.

You can keep an eye on the updates here.

All adult Aussies (yep, even those of us under 40) are currently able to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Click here to see which clinics are offering it, and talk to a doctor for more info. 

The best vaccine is the first one you can get, and that’ll be our ticket out of this mess.

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