NSW is quickly closing in on its 80 per cent of adults double vaccinated target as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday.
Some 77.4 per cent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine with 80 per cent expected to be double-jabbed by Saturday. More restrictions are then set to be eased on Monday.
Among the changes include increasing the number of visitors allowed into a home, raising the cap on spectators allowed at major events and reopening nightclubs.
Regional travel, which was expected to restart once the milestone was hit, has now been delayed until November 1.
Deputy premier Paul Toole explained the decision was prompted by low vaccination rates in country towns.
NSW is quickly closing in on its 80 per cent of adults double vaccinated target as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday
Some 77.4 per cent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine with 80 per cent expected to be double-jabbed by Saturday
‘I know it’s frustrating,’ he told 2GB on Friday. ‘I know it’s a very difficult time because I know that people are wanting to pack their bags.’
‘They’re wanting to go to regional NSW, they want to go on a holiday, they want to go and catch up with family and their loved ones.’
‘I know it’s not an easy decision that’s been made. We have a responsibility here to make sure we keep our regional community safe.’
Residents will be allowed to invite up to 20 guests to their homes while small outdoor gatherings will be increased to 50 people.
Major recreation facilities will be allowed to host 5,000 spectators while entertainment facilities can return to 75 per cent capacity.
Weddings and funerals will no longer have a cap on the number of guests allowed to attend the events.
The eased restrictions will come after NSW quietly launched the vaccine passport overnight.
For those who have received both jabs and have the updated Service NSW app on their phones, their vaccine status will pop up when they check into a venue using the standard QR code process.
Sydneysiders earlier had to scroll through their Medicare app or carry a paper certificate to prove to staff they’d been jabbed but now a green tick will appear whenever they sign into a business.
Regional travel, which was expected to restart once the milestone was hit, has now been delayed until November 1
For those wanting to take advantage of the new ‘VaxPass’ they will need to ensure their MyGov account account has been linked to Medicare.
Then either through the online MyGov site or the Express Plus Medicare app users are instructed to click ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’.
They will then be given the option to choose their Covid vaccine digital certificate and link this with the Service NSW app.
Customer Service minister Victor Dominello tweeted a photo of his vaccine passport while checking into a cafe on Friday morning.
The system had earlier attracted criticism for not being ready when Sydney was finally freed from its gruelling four-month lockdown on Monday.
With the launch overnight, the vaccine passport was up and running three days earlier than Mr Dominello had planned, making it a whole lot easier for pub goers heading out for Friday night drinks.
Several security measures will be in place including a hologram of the NSW Waratah logo to help businesses ensure their customers are complying with the rules.
Trials of the app had been carried out in clubs and aged care facilities in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Lismore.
More to come
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 people 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.
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 (except at nightclubs).
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 race courses) open 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 (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 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.
Source: NSW Government