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NSW Covid roadmap: Everything that changes at 70 per cent vaccinated

It is the date everyone in NSW has pencilled in their diaries.

October 11 — the day NSW is expecting to come out of lockdown after reaching 70 per cent of residents with two Covid-19 vaccinations.

Many freedoms will be restored for the fully vaccinated, so if you have had both of your jabs by the day of reopening what will you be able to do?

Emmanuella Murray works out at City Gym in Darlinghurst in Sydney, Australia.
A woman execises at City Gym in Darlinghurst. Source: Getty Images (Getty Images)

Visitors to your house

You can have up to 10 people over to your house as long as everyone is fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

However, this limit does not include accompanying children aged 12 and under who might be unvaccinated.

Then Deputy Premier John Barilaro said when announcing the 70 per cent plan “a meal with loved ones or a drink with friends is just around the corner”.

Meeting up with friends outdoors

Currently, only five fully vaccinated people can see each other for outdoor gatherings.

On October 11, this will increase to up to 30 people.

A group of friends enjoy a birthday picnic at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point in Sydney, Australia.
People picnic at Bradfield Park, Milsons Point. From October, picnics will increase to a total of 20 people. Source: Getty Images (Getty Images)

Bars, gyms, hairdressers and shops

Anyone looking to enjoy a beer at the pub will be able to do so but venues will only allow one person per four square metres inside, and one per two square metres outside.

Non-essential retail will operate under the same rule as beauty services including hairdressers and barbers. Beauty services will be capped at five clients per premise.

Gyms will have a maximum of 20 people at a time. As with bars, they will only allow one person per four square metres. Indoor pools will also reopen but only for lessons, rehab, squad training and lap swimming.

A beer is poured at the Willie the Boatman brewery in Sydney.
Fully vaccinated people will be allowed in pubs and restaurants. Source: AAP

Stadiums, movies theatres and theme parks

The footy season is just about over but outdoor sporting events at stadiums will reopen with one person per four square metres capped at 5000 people.

This same rule also applies to anyone looking to go to a theme park or visit the zoo.

As for seated outdoor events, such as musical performances and outdoor cinemas, these will be capped at 500 people.

The cinemas will also reopen in October along with music halls and theatres. As with other indoor venues, they will have to follow the one person per four square metres rule. They will be allowed to operate at 75 per cent capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

Funerals and weddings have been given a green light for up to 100 people to attend but eating and drinking can only be done while seated.

This isn’t Footloose – dancing will be permitted.

Singing will be permitted in places of worship by performers only. They will all need to be vaccinated and large groups, such as choirs, can only have up to 10 people.

These venues will also have to adhere to the one person per four square metres rule.


Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will return to class on October 18. Every other year level will be back on campus from October 25.


Let’s face it. A lot of us need a holiday after dealing with the past two years.

People will be allowed to travel around NSW once the state gets the numbers up to 70 per cent — but those in Sydney have to wait until fully vaccinated levels reach 80 per cent before travelling into the regions. Caravan parks and camping grounds will reopen. Carpooling will be permitted too.


You will still need to wear a mask at all indoor public venues, planes, airports and on public transport.

This includes businesses such as retail stores.

For outdoor bars and restaurants, only staff will have to wear masks.

Children under 12 are exempt from the rule.

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