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NSW will open on Monday 11 October 2021 as the state passes the 70% double vaccination target.

Restrictions will be further eased at the 80% double-dose milestone. Find out about the path forward for all NSW.

Note also that as the stay-at-home orders will be lifted Monday 11 October and replaced by the roadmap settings, the list of Local Government Areas of concern will cease to exist. 

NSW will start to reopen on Monday 11 October 2021. 

All roadmap freedoms at 70% and 80% will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

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Greater Freedoms for Fully Vaccinated people from 11 October | When NSW reaches 80% vaccination | When NSW eases restrictions in December 2021

Greater freedoms for fully vaccinated people

All roadmap freedoms at 70% and 80% will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

From Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • 10-visitor limit in your home (not counting children 12 and under)
  • access Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities
  • group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm 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, unless they work at the venue.

For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks 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).
  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends

  • Up to 10 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits don’t apply for children under the age of 12).
  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted with up to 30 people (2-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation

  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities reopen with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.
  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for lessons, training and rehab activities.
  • Community sports not permitted.

Schools

Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail reopens with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
  • Personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours) reopen with density limits for up to 5 clients.

Restaurants and hospitality

  • Hospitality reopens with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • No singing indoors (except for performers).
  • Drinking indoors must be seated, but drinking outdoors may be seated or standing.
  • Dancing permitted outdoors, dancing indoors not permitted (except at weddings).

Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment

  • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and racecourses) reopen with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with the greater of the density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with the greater of the density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings permitted for up to 500 people with density limit.
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs remain closed.

Weddings and religious services

  • Weddings ceremonies permitted with density limit for up to 100 people (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Wedding receptions permitted with density limit for up to 100 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.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.

Travel and transport

  • Restricted travel within LGAs and 5km radius removed. Travel for holidays between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and Regional NSW are not permitted.
  • No distance limits for travel. Travel holidays between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and Regional NSW are not permitted.
  • Travel holidays between regional local government areas are permitted.
  • Carpooling permitted (members of your household only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds reopen (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).

About the roadmap

  • The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or cases remain too high.
  • COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.
  • Density limits of 1 person per 4sqm for indoor areas and person per 2sqm for outdoor areas apply to some activities listed above.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans

 


When NSW reaches 80% full vaccination

All roadmap freedoms at 70% and 80% will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80% (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • up to 20 people visit their home
  • participate in community sport.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm 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, unless they work at the venue.

For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.

For people who are fully vaccinated

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks 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 office buildings (unvaccinated persons must still wear a mask in the office).
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends

  • Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).
  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to  50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).
  • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation

  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.
  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, training and rehab activities.
  • Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.

Schools

  • Schools open with Level 3 COVID-19 safety measures Department of Education NSW.
  • All school students will also now return to on-site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by October 25, with the second and third stages of the return to school plan now combined. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18, with all other years now returning one week later on October 25. 

Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).
  • No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.
  • Sex services premises reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality

  • Hospitality open with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • No singing indoors (except for performers).
  • Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors.
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.

Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment

  • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and racecourses) reopen with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.
  • COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.
  • Controlled outdoor public gatherings (ie – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3,000 people with density limit.
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.

Weddings and religious services

  • Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.
  • 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.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.

Travel and transport

  • Greater Sydney will not be able to travel to Regional NSW until 1 November.
  • Travel for holidays permitted across all NSW will ber pemitted as of 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated). This includes between Greater Sydney and regional LGAs.
  • Carpooling permitted (restrictions remain for people who are not fully vaccinated).
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds open (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

About the roadmap

  • The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or cases remain too high.
  • COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.
  • Density limits of 1 person per 4sqm for indoor areas and person per 2sqm for outdoor areas apply to some activities listed above.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.


When NSW eases restrictions in December 2021

Restrictions are expected to ease in December with people who are not fully vaccinated having greater freedoms. Find out about how NSW will be opening up.

NSW is following a clear path out of the pandemic and lockdowns. Restrictions are expected to ease further from 1 December 2021, with changes including:

  • most venues moving to the 2sqm rule
  • people who are not fully vaccinated will have greater freedoms.

For all NSW citizens, regardless of your vaccination status

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required only for public transport, planes and airports, and indoor front-of-house hospitality staff.
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (including for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • Proof of vaccination no longer required by Public Health Order.

Visiting family and friends

  • No limit to number of visitors in your home.
  • No limit to number of people for informal outdoor gatherings and recreation.
  • All visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation

  • No person limit in gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities, density limits apply.
  • Indoor swimming pools reopen for all purposes.
  • Community sports permitted for all staff, spectators and participants.

Schools

  • All year groups return to face-to-face learning if not already returned.
  • Shopping and personal services
  • Non-critical retail reopens to all, density limits apply.
  • No person limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.
  • Sex on premises venues and sex services premises reopen with density limits of 1 person per 4sqm.

Restaurants and hospitality

  • No person limit in hospitality settings, density limits still apply.
  • Singing and dancing permitted indoors and outdoors.
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.

Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to work from home at their discretion.

Events and entertainment

  • No person limit for major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks and racecourses), subject to density limits or 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres), subject to density limits or 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries), density limits still apply.
  • No person limit for ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings. COVID-19.
  • Safety Plans required for attendance over 1000.
  • Nightclubs reopen with density limits of 1 person per 4sqm.

Weddings and religious services

  • 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 by all, density limits still apply.

Travel and transport

  • Travel between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW permitted.
  • Carpooling permitted for all.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).

About the roadmap

The roadmap may be fine-tuned as NSW Health monitors the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks. Density limits of 1 person per 2sqm indoor and outdoor areas apply to most activities listed above. 

For more information about the NSW roadmap visit NSW Government about the Roadmap.


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