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13 October, 2021

COVID roadmap update

There has been a lot of information going around the news, with lots of terms like "roadmap", "70 per cent double dose", "80 per cent double dose", and so on. So we've done our best to clarify and put our readers at ease by providing a clear overview of what is going to change in coming weeks and months.

By Emily Middleton

The COVID-19 roadmap began on October 11.

70 per cent double dose

The NSW government has set a target of 70 per cent double dose vaccinations. This means, restrictions will initially begin to ease for those who are fully vaccinated, no matter where you are in NSW, once 70 per cent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated. October 11, 2021, is the projected date for when this target will be hit.

This means, that after October 11, only people who are fully vaccinated (people who have had two doses of any vaccine), can utilise these eased restrictions:

• You can have a five-visitor limit in your home,

• Access to gyms, indoor recreation, and sporting facilities (excluding indoor swimming pools),

• Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted with up to 20 people,

• You can visit hospitality settings with up to 20 people per booking,

• No singing indoors, • Drinking indoors must be seated, but drinking outdoors may be seated or standing,

• Dancing permitted outdoors, dancing indoors not permitted (except at weddings),

• Weddings ceremonies permitted with density limit for up to 50 people (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated),

• Wedding receptions permitted with density limit for up to 50 people (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking must be seated, and dancing is permitted,

• Funerals permitted with density limit for up to 50 people (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking must be seated,

• Places of worship reopen with density limit and singing not permitted,

• Travel holidays between regional LGAs are permitted (people in regional LGAs cannot enter Greater Sydney for holidays),

• Travel holidays within Greater Sydney permitted (people in Greater Sydney can only holiday in the Greater Sydney region including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Blue Mountains. You cannot holiday in regional LGAs),

• Carpooling permitted (however if you are unvaccinated, you are only allowed to carpool with your members of your household),

• Caravan parks and camping grounds reopen (including people who are not fully vaccinated),

• Masks are required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12),

• Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff),

• All premises will operate at one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres outdoors,

• People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship.

It must be clarified, that although Gilgandra is already out of lockdown, as of October 11, these rules will revert back to only those who are fully vaccinated. Meaning, even though at the moment you have freedom to go out and visit hospitality venues at your leisure, you will no longer be able to do this if you are not fully vaccinated from Monday, October 11.

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80 per cent double dose

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

• Up to 10 people visit their home,

• Participate in community sport,

• There will be no person limit in hospitality settings, density limits apply (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated),

• All premises will operate at one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres outdoors,

• Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors,

• No distance limits for travel,

• Travel holidays between Greater Sydney including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Regional NSW permitted (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated),

• Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated). Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply,

• Funerals permitted with no person limit (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.

• Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits and singing not permitted,

• People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship.

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Restrictions eased from December 1, 2021

Restrictions are expected to ease further from 1 December 2021, with changes including:

• No limit to number of visitors in your home,

• No limit to number of people for informal outdoor gatherings and recreation,

• Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (including for front-of-house hospitality staff),

• Proof of vaccination no longer required by Public Health Order,

• No person limit in gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities, density limits apply,

• Indoor swimming pools reopen,

• Community sports permitted for all staff, spectators, and participants,

• Indoor recreation facilities for children such as play centres reopen,

• All year groups return to face-to-face learning,

• Singing and dancing permitted indoors and outdoors,

• Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing,

• Weddings permitted with no person limit, eating and drinking allowed while standing and dancing permitted, density limits still apply,

• Funerals permitted with no person limit, and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply,

• Places of worship open with singing permitted, density limits still apply,

• No person limit for major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks and racecourses), density limits still apply,

• Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen for the greater of 100% seating capacity, or the density limit,

• Travel holidays between Greater Sydney including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Regional NSW permitted (not permitted for people not fully vaccinated),

• Carpooling permitted for all.



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