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Are you fully vaccinated? Here’s what you can do from today in NSW




How many visitors can I host in my home? Can I go on a regional holiday?

Here’s what you need to know about the new freedoms in NSW if you have had both jabs. 

10 people allowed in your home, 30 outdoors 

10 fully vaccinated visitors (not including kids under 12) will be allowed to gather inside a home and up to 30 people can gather outdoors. 

For those not fully vaccinated, only two people will be allowed to gather outdoors.

All non-critical shops – including restaurants and hairdressers – are open

All non-critical shops — including hospitality venues — are allowed to reopen with the spacing rule of one person per 4 square metres inside and one person per 2 square metres outside.

Businesses will be responsible for making sure patrons check in to their premises and have proof of their vaccination status, with penalties applying to those who do not follow the rules.

Restaurant bookings will be capped at 20 people and, while diners will have to be seated while drinking inside, patrons will now be allowed to stand and drink when outdoors.

Singing and dancing are still off the cards when inside a venue, however, dancing will be allowed outside.

Personal services — including hairdressers, barbers, tattoo parlors, and beauty salons — can open their doors with one person per 4 square metres, capped at a maximum of five clients per premises.

All adults, vaccinated or not, must wear a mask when inside public venues, at airports, and on public transport.

Kids under 12 are exempt from the indoor mask rule.

Masks are no longer required outside unless you work front-of-house in hospitality.

Gyms and indoor sporting facilities are open

Gyms and indoor sporting facilities can open their doors.

Like all indoor venues they, too, must operate under the 4-square-metre rule, with classes capped at 20 people. Masks are not required when exercising.

Indoor swimming pools will reopen for swimming lessons, training and rehabilitation. 

Up to 100 people allowed at weddings and funerals

Up to 100 fully vaccinated guests can attend both wedding ceremonies and receptions as long as density caps are followed.

If there are unvaccinated guests, ceremonies must be capped at five people and receptions will not be allowed at all.

Eating and drinking must be done while seated but dancing is permitted.

Premier Dominic Perrottet also confirmed that, while indoor singing is banned, vaccinated performers are exempt from the rule, with a 10-person cap on choirs at places of worship. 

Up to 100 fully vaccinated people can attend funerals, with a 10-person limit for those who are not fully vaccinated.

Churches and places of worship can open, subject to density limits.

Two adult visitors allowed per day in aged care homes 

Under the rules, two visitors per day aged 12 years and over will be permitted to visit an aged-care home if the visitors are fully vaccinated.

For those wanting younger children to visit these facilities, NSW Health says a plan will be developed “in due course”. 

Up to 5000 people are allowed at theme parks, stadiums

Up to 5,000 people can attend stadiums, racecourses, and themes parks under density requirements, unless an exemption is provided by the state government.

Art galleries, museums, and libraries will reopen, subject to the 4-square-meter rule.

Theatres and cinemas can return if they follow that rule or have 75 percent capacity, whichever is greater.

Amusement centres and nightclubs remain closed.

Regional travel within Greater Sydney is allowed

From today, people in regional areas will be able to holiday in other regional areas.

People who live in Greater Sydney — including the Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and the Blue Mountains — who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel into the regions for any reason, except for a holiday.

Some of those reasons might include work, inspecting property, or caring for people.

Travel between Greater Sydney and regional areas will be allowed once the state reaches the 80 percent double-vaccination mark.

Campgrounds and caravan parks are reopening, including for people who are not fully vaccinated.  

Fully vaccinated citizens can carpool, but others are still only able to share a ride with members of their household.

What’s next? 

The Monday after New South Wales passes the 80 percent double-vaccination hurdle, even more restrictions will lift. 

At this stage, that’s expected to happen on Monday, October 25.

Source: ABC News

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