All the things Sydney and NSW can do when lockdown ends in hours
The lockdown gripping much of NSW will finally end in just hours after 106 days of shut businesses, families ripped apart, and the world reduced to 5km.
Stay-at-home orders and business closures end at 12.01am on Monday after the state reached its 70 per cent vaccination milestone of over-16s last week.
Going to the pub, dining out, getting a haircut, seeing a movie at the cinema and heading to the gym are some of the activities vaccinated residents can do from Monday under the NSW roadmap released by former Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
They will also be able to see vaccinated family and friends with up to 10 visitors allowed for home gatherings and up to 30 outdoors under increased caps announced by new Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Vaccinated residents can meet with up to 30 friends and family for outdoor picnics and barbeques from Monday (pictured, vaccinated Sydneysiders catching up outdoors
Gyms, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, non-essential retail, libraries and churches can operate under the one person per 4sqm rule but nightclubs will remain closed.
Hairdressers and beauticians will also welcome back vaccinated clients but are restricted to a maximum of five in the premises at one time.
Gyms can have up to 20 clients per class while stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can have up to 5,000 visitors.
Indoor entertainment facilities such as cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.
Up to 100 vaccinated guests can attend a wedding or funeral but must be seat when eating and drinking.
Pubs and bars will welcome back vaccinated patrons from Monday (pictured, revellers in Coogee before the latest outbreak)
Vaccinated residents can venture more than 5km from their home and travel anywhere within Sydney or as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour.
Intrastate travel to regional areas remains banned for another few weeks,
Masks in outdoor settings are no longer mandatory, except for hospitality workers actively serving customers.
Further restrictions will be eased later this month once NSW hits 80 per cent vaccination before freedoms open up to the unvaccinated from December 1.
NSW reported 580 cases and 11 deaths on Saturday as the Premier and health officials urged residents to not let their guard down.
More than 90.14 per cent of eligible residents have had at least one vaccine dose.
With NSW the first Australian state to reach 70 per cent vaccination, it is also going to be the first to meet some challenges, including a potential spike in cases.
Nail and beauty salons can only have a maximum of five clients at the premises at one time (pictured a beauty salon in Sydney)
Capacity restrictions will remain when cafes and restaurants reopen on Freedom Day (pictured Sydney diners enjoying a meal after the first lockdown in 2020)
‘We believe that our conservative approach here ensures we keep people safe but importantly gets people back into work as quickly as possible,’ Mr Perrottet told reporters.
‘This journey is not over… there is a long way to go.’
NSW is also grappling with a new variant of the Delta strain which plunged Sydney and surrounding regions into lockdown in June.
The new variant has been linked back to a returned traveller.
Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant reassured residents that the variant was no more infectious than the original Delta strain.
‘I want to reassure you that there’s nothing about this Delta strain from looking at the genomics that suggested it’s any more transmissible .. going to cause illness or any other issues, additional to the current Delta strain,’ she said.
City Gym owner Billy Kokkinis (pictured) has spent the last few weeks getting ready to welcome back clients
Jess Robertson from Wild Life Hair Sogo salon in Surry Hills is ready to welcome back clients
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Gatherings in the home and public spaces
· Up to ten visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).
· Up to 30 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms
· Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
· Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).
· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
· Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
· Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.