NSW roadmap unveiled, 1405 new local cases

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Fully vaccinated people in NSW will be able to visit family and friends who've been double jabbed, dine out, travel and go to the hairdresser, gym or sports events once the state hits 70 per cent coverage next month.

But the government has emphasised some restrictions on movement may still apply in areas where COVID-19 case numbers are too high.

NSW recorded 1405 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, as the government flagged an end to lockdown in several regional areas.

The death toll for the current outbreak climbed to 153 after the state recorded another five deaths - a woman in her 40s, two women in their 70s and two men in their 80s - all from Greater Sydney.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday revealed the state's roadmap out of lockdown, which begins the Monday after 70 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage is reached - expected to be October 18.

A suite of restrictions will be eased, but only for those fully vaccinated.

Up to five adult household guests will be allowed, plus children, and groups of up to 20 can gather outdoors.

Hospitality venues can reopen subject to the "four square metre" rule, as can shops.

Standing while drinking will be allowed outside, where pubs, clubs and restaurants will be allowed to welcome one patron per two square metres.

Personal services such as hairdressers can also welcome customers again, under the same four square metre rule, as can gyms and swimming pools.

Stadiums can again host events, capped at 5000 people with the four square metre rule, and up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.

Visits to cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries will also be allowed, and up to 50 vaccinated guests can attend religious services, weddings and funerals.

Visits to aged care homes will also be permitted again, with limits.

But the unvaccinated will miss out, and will only be able to access "critical retail" like supermarkets.

"You have been warned - come forward and get vaccinated or you won't be able to participate," Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

"If at the time we open there are high case numbers in a concentrated area, it may well be that vaccinated people will be able to undertake everything on the list but within their own local community rather than having the freedom to travel."

Ms Berejiklian reiterated these freedoms would be policed through adding a vaccination status feature to the state's QR code check-in system.

"If you want to go and buy something in what is regarded as a non-essential shop, you will put up the QR code and if it is not a green light saying you have been vaccinated, you won't be welcome inside," she said.

However, the government will continue to recommend work-from-home arrangements where feasible, and masks will remain mandatory indoors.

Travel to regional NSW for the fully vaccinated will also be permitted.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who calls Sydney home, lauded the plan and praised its adherence to the national plan to ease restrictions and drop domestic borders - which the premiers of Western Australia and Queensland have since distanced themselves from.

"This plan keeps the deal, keeps the faith, with the people of Australia and the people of NSW," he told reporters on Thursday.

"It is a careful and a safe plan and consistent with everything set out in the national plan."

From Saturday, lockdowns will also be lifted for parts of regional NSW deemed low risk, such as the north coast, but not for large swathes of western NSW.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said snap lockdowns would be declared for regional areas where even one case was detected. This policy would remain in place until 70 per cent double-dose coverage.

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