Unvaccinated people won’t be granted their freedoms on December 1 after all, with major changes to the state’s reopening roadmap confirmed.
Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed that unvaccinated people would now be able to enjoy the same freedoms as those who are fully vaccinated when the state reaches its 95 per cent double dose target, or on December 15, whichever comes first.
Today’s announcement may spark a fresh flurry of vaccination appointments.
Mr Perrottet has also confirmed that a number of restrictions due to ease on December 1 will be brought forward for the fully vaccinated.
From November 8, capacity limits will be lifted in all settings except gym classes, which will stay at 20.
Density limits will shift to the 2sqm rule for restaurants and the like.
Stadium capacity will be at 100 per cent.
“We’re in a position where we can relax these restrictions three weeks earlier… to continue to instil confidence,” Mr Perrottet said.
“I really do believe we’re going to have a strong summer here in New South Wales.”
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said mask rules would also stay in place a little longer.
“We need you to continue to wear masks. The indoor mask wearing settings will stay in place until December 15,” she said.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.