Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed

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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.

, Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed, The Today News USA

, Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed, The Today News USA

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. 

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‘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.

, Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed, The Today News USA

, Residents in Greater Sydney are banned from travelling to regional NSW as freedoms are delayed, The Today News USA

There is speculation regional travel will not restart until October 25. Pictured: Huskisson on the NSW South Coast

While NSW has achieved 75 per cent coverage, the Byron Shire in Northern NSW sits at just 47 per cent.

In the town of Cessnock – gateway to the Hunter Valley’s stunning wine region – just 58.4 per cent of residents aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.   

Coffs Harbour and Kempsey on the north and mid-north coast are also at 58 per cent, while Inverell in the Northern Tablelands and Junee in the Riverina have only managed 57 per cent coverage. 

The announcement comes as NSW recorded 406 new locally acquired cases of Covid on Thursday- down from 444 the previous day.

There were also six more deaths reported and 711 people are now in hospital with COVID, with 143 people in ICU.

More than 91 per cent of the eligible population have had their first vaccination and 76.5 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

The state now looks set to reach its 80 per cent double Covid-19 vaccination milestone by the weekend, which would be earlier than expected.