Bars and restaurants will be off limits to unvaccinated NSW residents once state eases restrictions on 70 percent double dose target, new proposal claims
- Unvaccinated residents of NSW are being turned away from catering establishments
- Part of a proposal once the state reaches a double dose of 70 percent
- NSW has the highest vaccination rate in the state, with 64 percent taking one jab. has
Bars and restaurants are off limits to unvaccinated residents of NSW once the state hits a double dose of 70 percent.
It’s an idea put forward as part of a new proposal being considered by the state government, and talks with industry group’s leading figures are already underway, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
It is also possible that all catering staff and customers will require proof that they have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine before entering catering establishments.
Industry sources have confirmed that the proposal includes merging vaccination certificates and QR code check-ins.
Bars and restaurants are off limits to unvaccinated residents of NSW once the state hits a double 70 percent dose (pictured, two women enjoying drinks at a Kings Cross bar in Sydney)
This would be done through the Service NSW app or a yet-to-be-released federal government app.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Friday that planning talks have begun with those in the hospitality sector.
“It’s no secret that we made that journey,” she said.
“It’s been a difficult time, it’s been a very confrontational time… we’ve been used to zero or a small number of cases for a long time, and now we have to confront what it’s like to live with Covid.
‘Get fully vaccinated, then you have opportunities to lead a freer life.’
If vaccination rates continue at an encouraging pace, some lockdown laws in NSW could be lifted by mid-October.
The state government is also considering opening hair salons as part of a trial — provided both customers and employees can prove they’ve had at least one vaccination.
Ms Berejiklian announced: a long-awaited plan to get NSW students back to school on Friday.
The kindergarten and the children of the first year return on October 25, the second, six and eleventh years return from November 1 and the other year groups a week later.
There is also a possibility that all catering staff and customers will need proof that they have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine before entering the establishments (pictured, three women eating pizza in Sydney’s pre-lockdown east )
NSW is currently the benchmark for the roll-out of vaccinations across the country, with 64 percent of residents having received a single dose (pictured, a woman with groceries in eastern Sydney)
HSC exams for 12th grade students will be postponed to November 9 and all people working on school campuses must be vaccinated by November 8.
NSW is currently the benchmark for the rollout of vaccinations across the country, with 64 percent of residents receiving a single dose compared to the nation’s lowest rate of 48 percent in Western Australia.
On Saturday, NSW reported 1035 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and two more deaths.
‘It’s about opening safely. It’s about smart opening. It is about opening in a phased manner. It doesn’t all happen in one day,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.
What are the four stages of opening?
A. Vaccinating, preparing and testing (from 14 July)
Arrival caps halved to 3,035 per week; early, severe and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; medicare vaccination certificates available in apps like Apple Wallet
B. Post-vaccination phase (when 70 percent will be stung, expected by the end of this year)
Lockdowns less likely but possible; vaccinated people face reduced disabilities; limits for unvaccinated arrivals increased; a larger limit for vaccinated arrivals with ‘reduced quarantine requirements’; limited entry for students and economic visa holders
C. Consolidation Phase (when 80 percent is pricked, time not announced)
Only ‘highly targeted’ lockdowns; lifting of all outbound travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers; no limits for vaccinated arrivals; increased limits for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles arise with countries like Singapore; booster shots rolled out
D. Final phase (percentage or time not disclosed)
Unlimited arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and unlimited arrivals for unvaccinated people with pre-departure and on-arrival testing