Premier hints at first groups to be allowed lockdown freedoms

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The NSW Premier has hinted at what groups may be entitled to some freedoms once vaccinated and restrictions begin to be eased. 

While there has been no suggestion from Gladys Berejiklian as to when the lockdown will end while daily cases climb above 600, she did reveal fully-vaccinated people may get some privileges.

Speaking with Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS1065 on Wednesday morning, Ms Berejiklian said she didn't want to "say too much" but did hint at what was being considered by Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.

Pictured on the left is Gladys Berejiklian and on the right is a sign saying
Gladys Berejiklian has hinted at some freedoms fully-vaccinated people might have. Source: AAP

The premier said Dr Chant was looking at services where both parties are vaccinated and conceded "personal care services" such as hairdressers may be allowed to operate.

"Every state has different rules to lockdown, so there are some things in New South Wales, you can't do now that you're able to do to some extent in other states where they are in lockdown," she said. 

"So, we're looking at those things that, that might support wellbeing and give people the opportunity."

Kyle Sandilands interjected and asked if things like pubs or Tinder hookups could be on the cards in the future for fully vaccinated people in NSW, however Ms Berejiklian said no.

Ms Berejiklian said she "didn't want to give the game away", but said it would be services which could be provided to people, if both parties involved are vaccinated.

When Jackie O asked if that could mean hairdressers, Ms Berejiklian said "potentially".

Deputy Premier John Barilaro made similar offerings when he appeared on Sunrise this morning.

"The number one benefit for everybody is freedom," he said. 

"The roadmap that I've been working on with crisis committee as I've been charged with, talks about vaccination rates and it talks about the level of freedoms, as we get to certain milestones so having that is exactly what we're doing."

Daily case numbers in NSW reached 633 on Wednesday and three deaths, after four consecutive days of cases being above 400.

Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday, after speaking on radio, Ms Berejiklian warned NSW hasn't "seen the worst of it". 

Ms Berejiklian was also asked by Kyle and Jackie O whether people will be able to travel interstate for Christmas.

"Look, I wish I had a crystal ball and could forecast that, but as we know some of the other states have been quite strict towards us in terms of what they do and don't allow," the premier said.

"But I just think we need to focus on [getting] through this very difficult patch, the next few weeks are going to be really hard, I think case numbers are going to continue to go up, unfortunately."

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