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Unvaccinated People In NSW Could Be Sent To Jail For Breaking The Rules

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Unvaccinated People In NSW Could Be Sent To Jail For Breaking The Rules

Unvaccinated people in New South Wales could be sent to jail if they try to break the rules once the state opens up.

The Premier has outlined what freedoms residents can expect when 80 per cent of the population has received both doses of the Covid-19 jab and people are getting very excited to kick restrictions to the curb.

However, government authorities have warned people who haven't been vaccinated for whatever reason will have to wait longer before they can enjoy any freedoms.

NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello is the man in charge of the rollout of the vaccination passport system and he's warned that the penalties for trying to sneak into venues without showing proof of getting the jab are steep.

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He told the ABC: "If people want to do the wrong thing, if they get found out, as I said, it could be jail time there."

The MP added in a separate interview with Channel 9 that people have had enough warning that they won't get to participate in society like their vaccinated counterparts.

"What we need to do is make sure that the responsibility is primarily on the individual," Mr Dominello said.

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"Businesses, particularly small businesses, should not be de facto police officers. If there is an escalation, please call authorities.

"I'm expecting the people of NSW will continue to do what they've done and show an amazing effort to get through this. So far so good, I'm really optimistic about the future."

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced vaccinated people in NSW will be able to travel regionally when we hit the 80 per cent vaccinated rate.

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People will also be allowed to have 10 guests in their home and stand-up drinking will be permitted in pubs as long as they adhere to the rule of one person per 4 square metres indoors and one person per 2 square metres outdoors.

Community sport will be permitted and restrictions will be removed for funerals and weddings.

"I can say quite confidently we envisage 11 October will be the day we will be able to adhere to that roadmap and I just say to everybody across the state, thank you so much for your patience," Ms Berejiklian said.

"It is just this week and next week that we have to hang in there for. We are nearly, nearly there, and let's not give up at the last minute."

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She also revealed that unvaccinated people will be able to participate in society when 90 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated, which is estimated to be around December 1.

When the state hits that milestone, nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, face masks won't be required outdoors and there won't be any limits on people permitted inside your home.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Topics: Australia

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