Covid NSW: More restrictions set to ease from MONDAY

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The NSW premier has announced the next stage of easing lockdown restrictions will come earlier than anticipated as the state prepares to hit 80 per cent fully vaccinated on Saturday. 

From Monday, people will be allowed to have 20 people at their homes and outdoor gatherings will have a capacity of 50 people, Dominic Perrottet said.

Funerals and weddings will also no longer have a limit on guests and vaccinated Sydneysiders can participate in community sports. 

People will also be able to visit aged care homes. 

Masks will still be required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports, but will no longer be required in office buildings.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney, Friday. Source: AAP
NSW residents will be able to enjoy more freedoms from Monday as the state hits 80 per cent fully vaccinated. Source: AAP

Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities will open with density limits of one person per every 4sqm and up to 20 people in classes.

Ticketed outdoor events will be permitted with a capacity of 3,000 people and nightclubs will reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.

It was announced earlier on Friday that regional travel will resume on November 1.

Quarantine a thing of the past, premier says

The state will also no longer require fully vaccinated travellers to quarantine from November 1 and the 20 people per booking requirement for restaurants and hospitality venues will be scrapped.

Mr Perrottet says domestic and international travellers won't have to isolate upon arrival in the state.

Travellers will need to take a Covid test and show proof of their vaccination status before boarding the plane to Sydney. 

International flights will be open to all visitors, not just returning Aussies. 

"Hotel quarantine, home quarantine is a thing of the past," Mr Perrottet said.

"We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date will come in on November 1st.

"We will work closely with the Commonwealth to ensure predictions are in place so we keep people safe but rejoin the world. 

"This is a significant day for our state. It isn’t because of the government has no work, it is because of every single person across New South Wales who has made the effort to get vaccinated."

NSW lockdown changes from Monday

  • Unlimited guests at weddings and funerals

  • Up to 20 people allowed in a home

  • Outdoor gatherings will have capacity of 50

  • Masks not required in office buildings

  • Community sports will resume

  • Aged care home visits allowed

  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities will open

  • Ticketed outdoor events with a capacity of 3,000 

  • Nightclubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing

NSW recorded 399 new local Covid-19 cases and four more deaths in the 24-hours until Thursday.

There is one new case of Covid-19 that was acquired overseas.

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