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NSW Premier Outlines Roadmap Once State Gets To 70% Vaccinated Rate

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NSW Premier Outlines Roadmap Once State Gets To 70% Vaccinated Rate

The New South Wales Premier has confirmed her commitment to open up the state.

There have been rumours 'Freedom Day' could be on October 18, however Premier Gladys Berejiklian said they can't stick to a specific date.

The leader said once NSW sees 70 per cent of the state's population aged over 16 become fully vaccinated, they will open up the Monday after that moment.

When that fateful day comes, we'll be able to go to the pub, eat at restaurants and even go on regional holidays.

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People will be allowed to have up to five visitors to their homes and public gatherings of up to 20 residents will be allowed.

This will no doubt be music to people's ears after spending months in lockdown.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Cabinet ministers met last night (September 8) to discuss how and when people should be allowed to enjoy life again.

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From Freedom Day, people wanting to hit up hospitality venues and the like will have to check in with a QR code provided by the establishment (which we should already be well versed with) and patrons will also have to prove they're fully vaccinated.

The vaccine passport will likely be linked to the Service NSW app and you should be able to show it at the same time as you prove you've checked in.

"It is easier to police venues because all retail outlets and other places of hospitality require QR codes," Ms Berejiklian said.

"If you want to go and buy something which 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.

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"We are giving venues plenty of notice and businesses plenty of notice, they can prepare for what that looks like."

Venues will have mandatory requirements for how many patrons they can have at any one point, with one person per four square metres inside and two square metres for outside. Venues will permit people to drink while standing up.

Hairdressers, salons and barbers will be allowed to open up as well and accept vaccinated customers. They will be restricted to five customers per premises.

Churches and places of worship will also get to run in-person services, however only for those who have received both jabs.

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We'll also get to see a return of ticketed events as well as retail shopping reopen.

Up to 50 people will be allowed at weddings and dancing will be permitted. Eating and drinking will only be allowed while people are seated.

But Ms Berejiklian has warned they won't hesitate in introducing a lockdown or restrict people's movements if there is a large outbreak of Covid-19.

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Topics: Australia

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