Freedomroo – COVID Australia: Major changes to NSW’s Freedom Plan out of lockdown announced

COVID Australia: Major changes to NSW's Freedom Plan out of lockdown announced

80 PER CENT ROADMAP (expected to be October 25)

Under the Reopening NSW roadmap at 80 per cent, the following freedoms will apply only to fully vaccinated adults (16+) and those with medical exemptions (staff and patrons).

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces 

Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under) 

Up to 20 people can continue to gather in unregulated outdoor settings

Up to 200 people can attend COVID Safe events

Up to 500 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events

Community sport permitted

Those who are not fully vaccinated may only gather outdoors in groups of 2 people.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

Retail stores can operate at one person per 4 sqm (those who are not fully vaccinated will continue to only have access to non-critical retail via click-and- collect)

Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage) can operate with one person per 4 sqm (uncapped)

Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 4 sqm inside and one person per 2 sqm outside, with the requirement to be seated while drinking indoors removed. 

Group bookings will be limited to 20 people. 

Those who are not fully vaccinated can only access hospitality settings for takeaway

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities (excluding indoor pools) can operate with one person per 4sqm, capped at 20 people per class.

Major outdoor recreation facilities

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 4 sqm, capped at 5,000 people (or by exemption).

Entertainment, information and education facilities

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 4 sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (whichever is larger)

Information and education facilities (including libraries, galleries and museums) can operate with one person per 4 sqm

Amusement centres and nightclubs will remain closed. 

Working from home

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home, if reasonably practicable

Employers must require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Education

Return to school with COVID Safe measures on 25 October (as previously announced).

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

One person per 4sqm (uncapped) for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests (no receptions)

One person per 4 sqm (uncapped) for funerals. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend funerals with a maximum of 10 people

Churches and places of worship can continue to open with one person per 4 sqm, with no singing. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed.

Travel

Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will be permitted

Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate, including for those who are not fully vaccinated

Carpooling is permitted. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only carpool with their household.

Masks

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

Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors 

CHANGES FROM 1 DECEMBER 2021

On Wednesday 1 December 2021, the following settings will apply to ALL NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status:

Gatherings in the home and outdoor public spaces

No limit on the number of visitors to a home

Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings

No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people

Community sport permitted for all people.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm

Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)

Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

Major outdoor recreation facilities

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm.

Entertainment, information and education facilities

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm

Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm. 

Working from home

Working from home will be at employer’s discretion. 

Education

All year groups return to face-to-face learning. Weddings, funerals and places of worship

One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing

One person per 2 sqm for funerals

Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted.

Travel

Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW

Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate

Carpooling is permitted

Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

Masks

Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers

Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.

For further information about the Reopening NSW roadmap, go to www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19

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