COVID AUSTRALI: NSW opens November 1 for Freedom Day 2

Hotel quarantine will be lifted in NSW and new freedoms will be restored next week as the state prepares to open up to the world on November 1.

NSW is the first state in the country to announce it will open to travelers from abroad and remove quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people.

“Sydney (and) NSW is open for business,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said Friday.

‘We want people back… Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and NSW to the world – and that date will come on November 1.

“We will work closely with the Commonwealth to make sure there is protection so we keep people safe but part of the world again. This is an important day for our state.”

Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date will come on November 1, NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said Friday.

Deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres said fully vaccinated people could return to Australia without any form of quarantine.

‘That’s not a hotel quarantine, that’s not a home quarantine, you can go home again. If you are a person from another country who wants to visit or work in Australia, and you are fully vaccinated, you can come to Australia and not have to go into quarantine,” said Mr Ayres.

Unvaccinated people will still have to be in hotel quarantine.

“People entering NSW, if they are transiting to another state, are required to abide by restrictions in that state, so if that state has to quarantine people from NSW they will still have to abide by that,” said Mr Ayres . .

“This will create an opportunity for people to get to NSW via Sydney and will also provide a huge opportunity for Australians who are unable to access flights due to the limits we have put in place to protect our local health systems.”

Meanwhile, Mr Perrottet said that from Monday, home visiting limits will double from 10 to 20 and outdoor meetings from 30 to 50.

“Getting up in pubs comes back. There will be no limits to weddings and funerals,” he said.

Major recreational facilities are allowed to accommodate 5,000 spectators, while entertainment facilities can return to 75 percent capacity.

There is no longer a limit on the number of guests for weddings and funerals.

NSW is fast approaching its 80 percent of adults who have been double vaccinated as state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

NSW is fast approaching its 80 percent of adults who have been double vaccinated as state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

The limit of 20 people for bookings at restaurants and other catering establishments will also be removed from November 1.

“We have only been able to do this thanks to the considerable efforts of the people of New South Wales to get us to this point,” said Perrottet.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole confirmed that the decision to postpone travel to the regions until Nov. 1 had been made due to the risk to communities where vaccination coverage is lagging behind the cities.

Postponing regional travel was necessary to protect communities from a virus outbreak, as only 36 percent of regional local government areas have populations where 80 percent have been double vaccinated.

“We need to make sure there’s a balance between protecting communities and opening up,” said Mr Toole.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, and 80 percent are expected to receive a double shot by Saturday.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, and 80 percent are expected to receive a double shot by Saturday.

Additional aid would be provided to businesses in regional NSW affected by the delay in opening up to the rest of the state, Perrottet said.

“The Job Center payment that we’re phasing out – we’re extending it for regional New South Wales by 30 per cent of payroll until November 1, he said.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, and 80 percent are expected to receive a double shot by Saturday.

Earlier, Mr Toole said the decision to postpone regional trips was “frustrating”.

“I know it’s a very difficult time because I know people want to pack their bags,” he told 2GB on Friday morning.

‘They want to go to regional NSW, they want to go on holiday, they want to catch up with family and loved ones.’

Regional travel, which was expected to restart once the milestone was reached, has now been postponed to November 1

Regional travel, which was expected to restart once the milestone was reached, has now been postponed to November 1

“I know it’s not an easy decision that has been made. We have a responsibility here to make sure we keep our regional community safe.”

The relaxed restrictions will come after NSW quietly launched the vaccine passport overnight.

For those who have received both jabs and have the updated Service NSW app on their phone, their vaccine status will appear when they check in at a location using the standard QR code process.

Sydneysiders previously had to scroll through their Medicare app or carry a paper certificate to prove to staff they had been stung, but now a green check appears when they sign up with a company.

NSW is fast approaching its 80 percent of adults who have been double vaccinated as state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

NSW is fast approaching its 80 percent of adults who have been double vaccinated as state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

For those who want to take advantage of the new “VaxPass,” make sure their MyGov account is linked to Medicare.

Then, through the online MyGov site or the Express Plus Medicare app, users are instructed to click “Proof of Vaccinations” and then “View History.”

They will then be given the option to choose their digital Covid vaccination certificate and link it to the Service NSW app.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello tweeted a photo of his vaccine passport Friday morning as he checked in at a cafe.

The system had previously been criticized for not being ready when Sydney was finally freed from the grueling four-month lockdown on Monday.

With the overnight launch, the vaccine passport was up and running three days earlier than Mr Dominello had planned, making things a lot easier for pub-goers heading out for a Friday night drink.

Several security measures will be put in place, including a hologram of the NSW Waratah logo to help businesses ensure their customers are following the rules.

The app has been tested in aged care clubs and facilities in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Lismore.

Freedoms at 80 percent jab rate

Masks and QR codes:

Masks mandatory for all staff and customers in all indoor environments, including on public transport, airplanes and airports (except children under 12).

Masks no longer needed in office buildings (unvaccinated people still have to wear a mask in the office).

Masks are no longer required in outdoor environments (except for front desk personnel).

COVID Secure check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends:

A maximum of 20 visitors are allowed in your home at a time (visitor limits do not apply to children under 12).

Small outdoor gatherings and recreation allowed for up to 50 people (2 person limit for not fully vaccinated).

Visitors to residents of retirement homes and homes for the disabled are allowed in accordance with their policies.

Movement and recreation:

Gyms, indoor recreation and sports facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.

There are no distance limits for exercise or recreation.

Indoor pools open for swimming lessons, training and rehabilitation activities.

Community sports allowed for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.

Shopping and personal services:

Non-critical retail stores open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail through Click & Collect).

No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlors), density limits apply.

Sex services are reopening.

Restaurants and hospitality:

Catering open with density limit up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).

There is no singing inside (except for artists).

Dancing is allowed indoors and outdoors (except in nightclubs).

Drinking inside and outside can be done sitting or standing.

Working from home:

Employers allow employees to continue to work from home if reasonably possible.

Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home if reasonably possible.

Events and entertainment:

Major recreational facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and racetracks) will open with density limits for up to 5,000 people, or with exception.

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seating capacity.

Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) will reopen with density limits.

COVID safe outdoor gatherings allowed for up to 200 people.

Controlled public gatherings outside (eg – fenced, seated ticket) allowed for up to 3000 people with a density limit.

Nightclubs and strip clubs are reopening with sitting drinking and no dancing.

Weddings and Religious Services:

Wedding ceremonies allowed with no person limit (5 person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.

Wedding receptions are allowed with no restrictions on people (not allowed for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing and dancing is allowed, the density limit still applies.

Funerals allowed with no person limit (10 person limit for those not fully vaccinated) and food and drink while standing, density limits still apply.

Places of worship are reopening for people who have not been fully vaccinated with density limits.

A maximum of 10 fully vaccinated singers are allowed to perform in places of worship and religious services.

Source: NSW government

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