COVID restrictions currently in place for NSW will ease, but only for  fully vaccinated people, from Monday 11 October. New NSW premier Dominic Perrottet has announced significant changes to the original roadmap out of lockdown that was announced by his predecessor Gladys Berejiklian at the beginning of September, giving fully-vaccinated residents greater freedoms than first planned.

The relaxed restrictions will also affect attendance at funerals.

ReopeningVisiting homes is allowed

Up to 10 visitors, double the previously announced limit of five, will be able to gather at another person’s home, but all adults who ordinarily live in the household must be fully vaccinated. Children under 12 won’t be counted towards that limit.

Outdoor gatherings increase

Up to 30 people will be allowed to gather outdoors. They will all have to be vaccinated. That’s an increase of 10 from the previous cap.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes reopen

Hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen under the one person per 4 sq metres rule indoors, and one person per 2 sq metres for outdoors.

Up to 20 people will be allowed per booking, and people under 16 who are unvaccinated can also attend hospitality venues, but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.

Masks and QR code check ins will still be required indoors, but not in outdoor hospitality settings.

Standing up and drinking inside the pub – known in health bureaucrat speak as “vertical consumption” – will not be allowed until 80% vaccination coverage is reached. But if the venue has an outdoor section, patrons can stand up and drink in that area from 11 October.

Retail shops reopen

Stores can reopen to vaccinated customers only with a capacity limit of one person per 4 sq metres. Masks and QR codes will still be required.

Unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail, like supermarkets and pharmacies.

Retail shops reopen

Stores can reopen to vaccinated customers only with a capacity limit of one person per 4 sq metres. Masks and QR codes will still be required.

Unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail, like supermarkets and pharmacies.

Roadmap to easing restrictions

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More guests for weddings, funerals and places of worship

These services can operate with up to 100 guests, with dancing permitted at weddings and eating and drinking only while seated.

Up to 100 people can attend funerals, with the same eating and drinking rules.

Places of worship will reopen subject to the one person per 4 sq metres rule, with singing only permitted for performers. There will be a 10 person limit on choirs, and all performers will have to be fully vaccinated.

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Hairdressers and nail salons reopen

Personal services can open with one person per 4 sq metres, capped at five clients per premises at any one time. When 80% vaccine coverage is reached, the cap will be removed, but the same density limit will apply.

Gyms, pools and sporting facilities reopen

These facilities can open under the one person per 4 sq metres rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

Both outdoor and indoor pools will open, however the latter will only be accessible for lessons, lap swimming and rehabilitation activities, not recreation.

Community sport won’t be allowed to restart just yet.

Events and entertainment return

Theme parks, race courses, stadiums and other major recreation facilities will reopen with the one person per 4 sq metres rule, capped at 5,000 people. Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.

Cinemas, theatres, museums and libraries reopen

Entertainment and information facilities will be allowed to reopen, under the one person per 4 sq metres rule and a 75% fixed seating capacity.

Travel outside your LGA

People in Sydney will no longer have to follow the 5km radius rule, and can travel within greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Blue Mountains).

Residents of regional LGAs can travel to other areas, but cannot enter Sydney for holidays.

Sydneysiders will not be able to travel regionally, after the NSW government pushed back this freedom to the second stage of reopening.

Carpooling will be allowed again, and caravan parks will reopen.