NSW’s reopening roadmap released with restrictions tipped to ease on October 11

After months of lockdown, the NSW Government has released its much-awaited reopening roadmap with sectors including retail and hospitality expected to reopen on October 11 for the fully vaccinated with social distancing rules in place.

This is wonderful news for all business sectors – including print – as it will no doubt signal an improvement in conditions and incoming orders.

Under the new roadmap, once the NSW population hits the target of having 80 per cent of the population double dosed, those who have had both doses will be able to have up to 10 visitors in the home, while up to 200 people will be permitted to attend COVID Safe events.

Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated events and community sport will be back on.

Entertainment facilities including cinemas, theatres and music halls will also be able to operate with the one person per four square metre rule or 75% fixed seated capacity.

Employers must also continue to allow employees to work from home, if reasonably practicable to do so. The roadmap also stipulates that employers must require employees who are not full vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will also be permitted once the 80 per cent double dose mark is hit.

Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, except for children under 12.

In announcing the roadmap yesterday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it is likely NSW will hit the magic 80 per cent double dose rate by the third or fourth week of October.

“I know people are counting down the minutes until we reach 70 per cent double dose and the freedoms that will provide, and today we are providing further certainty by announcing the 80 per cent roadmap and future settings,” Berejiklian said.

“Vaccination remains our ticket to freedom so we need to work even harder to get jabs in arms, to help stop the spread, minimise outbreaks and ensure people are protected when we open up.”

A statement from the NSW Government said: From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double dose vaccination target, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have up to 10 people visit their home, participate in community sport, and access hospitality venues (where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors). All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors, and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.People who have chosen not to be vaccinated or have a medical exemption not to do so will receive the same freedoms from December 1.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the milestone marked a shift in gear for the State’s economic recovery.

“There’s a real sense of optimism returning to our community as our vaccination rates keep climbing and that’s giving businesses the confidence they need to reopen and for people to start returning to work and getting their lives back on track,” Perrottet said.

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