New South Wales records 261 Covid cases – as state moves closer to its 95% vaccination target, which will remove some restrictions
- Restrictions on QR codes, mask mandates and vaccination certificate are lifted
- NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced the radical changes on Thursday
- QR codes are only required for high risk locations at 95 percent vaccination
- Masks are no longer required, except for public transport and airports
- NSW is on track to meet its 95 percent vaccination target by December 15
NSW residents have been given two additional vouchers to spend on food and entertainment as the state reports 261 new cases of coronavirus.
The new infections were diagnosed from more than 73,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Thursday.
No new deaths have been reported during the same period, but 185 people are still hospitalized with the virus, 27 of whom are in intensive care.
Masks are no longer required for residents of NSW, except for public transport and high-risk locations such as hospitals, gyms and aged care facilities
About 94.5 percent of people in the state have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, bringing NSW closer to its goal of 95 percent vaccination coverage.
That milestone — or December 15 — which comes first, will lead to an easing of restrictions, according to the state’s roadmap to get out of lockdown.
But NSW residents still have something to look forward to, with additional vouchers promised in October that can be used from Friday.
The vouchers are the latest installment in the government’s Dine and Discover program, giving every adult in NSW an additional $25 to spend on dining out and $25 to spend on entertainment.
New Covid-19 restrictions will remove QR code check-ins for trips to stores once NSW hits 95 percent vaccination coverage
Evidence of vaccination is also dumped for most activities, except for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people
Treasurer Matt Kean said more than $276 million in vouchers have already been spent statewide during the pandemic, proving to be a lifeline for 15,000 businesses.
“The two $25 vouchers will ensure we close 2021 with a bang and give a much-needed boost to businesses across NSW as we head into a revitalized 2022.”
The vouchers are valid until the end of June next year.