Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed
Sydney residents will have to wait a little while longer for their next holiday as regional travel is delayed.
Those in Greater Sydney have been holding out for NSW to hit the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target with the promise of more freedoms.
But those dreams were dashed on Thursday after the NSW cabinet meeting, where it was decided regional travel would be delayed for at least a week, 9news reported.
The decision was made to allow regional areas more time to get their vaccination rates up as high as Sydney.
Sydneysiders desperate to leave the city after four months of lockdown face delayed holidays due to lower vaccination rates in regional NSW. Pictured: Byron Bay in Northern NSW
Premier Dominic Perrottet warned earlier this week intrastate travel may be pushed back amid concerns opening up could put residents in lower vaccination rate areas at risk.
‘It has come up because of the significant increase in the vaccination rate and that is a great thing,’ he said.
‘We want to open up as quickly and safely as possible. That is exactly what we are doing.’
There is speculation the delay will last until October 25.
Mr Perrottet said authorities anticipate that Covid numbers will climb across the state once travel restrictions are lifted.
‘We certainly believe, based on the advice we’ve received from (NSW) Health, that there will be naturally an increase in case numbers, in hospitalisations, as mobility increases across the state,’ he said previously.
At the forefront of concerns are popular travel destinations like Byron Bay and the Hunter Valley vineyards where jab rates are lagging.
There is speculation regional travel will not restart until October 25. Pictured: Huskisson on the NSW South Coast