Coronavirus Australia: NSW on track to make ‘Friday Day’ on October 11 despite registering 1,063 cases
Freedom Day in NSW will be accelerated despite the state registering 1,063 new cases and six deaths.
The state remains on track to meet its target of 70 percent double jabs by the first week of October, even before a new vaccine check-in app is ready to roll out.
NSW is just days away from unlocking the new freedoms after a surge in vaccine use pushes the estimated 70 percent milestone date forward to Oct. 7.
More than 55.5 percent of the over 16s have now been fully vaccinated.
According to the state’s roadmap for reopening, the relaxed restrictions on anyone who double-sticks will take effect the following Monday, October 11.
But government officials warn that the technology for a new combined vaccine status and check-in app, protected by a digital hologram, may not be ready yet.
Freedom Day in NSW is moving fast and the state is poised to hit the crucial 70 percent double dose even before a new vaccine check-in app is ready to roll out. (Pictured, pub-goers at Sydney’s Coogee Bay Hotel)
The state is just days away from unlocking the new freedoms, such as the return of crowds to stadiums as seen here, after a surge in vaccine use pushes the estimated 70 percent milestone date forward to October 7.
Under the roadmap for reopening – only for the unvaccinated double dose – pubs and restaurants will be able to offer limited food and drink, while people will be able to stand outside and drink.
Stores will reopen with a limited number of customers, and hairdressers and nail salons can also have up to five customers, depending on the size of the store.
Gyms will reopen with classes for up to 20 people and one gym visitor per 4 m², and sports facilities, including swimming pools, will be given the green light.
Five adults with double punches can meet in the same house and up to 20 outdoors. Weddings and funerals are allowed with a maximum of 50 guests. Dancing is allowed, but eating and drinking must be done while seated.
The hospitality industry wants to see the new public health regulations so they can plan how they will allow diners and drinkers back into their businesses. (Photos, women in a bar in Sydney earlier this year)
Crowds of up to 5,000 will be allowed back into stadiums and racecourses, and 500 at other ticketed seats and outdoor events. Cinemas and theaters will have a maximum capacity of 75 percent.
Travel throughout NSW will also be permitted and campsites will be reopened. Carpooling will be allowed again, but employees will continue to work from home if possible.
Masks remain mandatory for adults indoors, but only catering staff will have to wear them outside.
But the hospitality industry is still concerned about the delay on the check-in vaccination status app.
There are concerns that this could lead to clashes for pubs, restaurants and event staff who have to manually check vaccine certificates – and turn away anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated.
NSW had hoped to rework their current Services NSW check-in app to also take advantage of vaccination status, so that pub-goers, diners and stadium crowds can all move freely if they have a double jab.
NSW had hoped to rework their current Services NSW check-in app to also take advantage of vaccination status, as seen here with Victor Dominello, the digital minister of NSW, so that pub-goers, diners and stadium crowds can all move freely as they got a double shot once
NSW digital minister Victor Dominello has admitted the updated supercharged check-in app may not meet the new deadline, but said it won’t stop Freedom Day. (Pictured, Sydney picnickers enjoying the latest easing of restrictions last weekend)
According to the original timeline, NSW came out of the lockdown freeze on October 25, before being later brought forward to October 18 and now October 11.
NSW digital minister Victor Dominello has admitted the updated supercharged check-in app may not meet the new deadline, but said it won’t stop Freedom Day.
“We are moving heaven and earth to prepare for that,” he said on Wednesday. ‘The reality is that there are now other options for showing your vaccination status.
“This is just to make it easier.”
The NSW government is now drafting the new public health decrees, which will take effect once the freedom date is confirmed, so companies can plan how to implement them.
The first timeline saw NSW come out of its lockdown freezer on October 25, before later being brought forward to October 18 and now October 11 (Pictured, Sydney picnics last weekend)
“The hospitality industry is in dire need of releasing public health regulations,” said Wes Lambert, chief executive of Restaurant and Catering Australia. the Australian.
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Meetings in the home and public areas
· A maximum of five visitors are allowed in a house where all adults have been vaccinated (not including children aged 12 and under).
· Up to 20 people can gather outside.
Locations including catering, shops and gyms
· Catering establishments can open again provided that one person per 4 m² inside and one person per 2 m² outside, standing and drinking is allowed outside.
· Shops can reopen under the rule of one person per 4 m² (unvaccinated people can only access critical shops).
· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail studios are allowed to open with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of five customers per building.
· Gyms and indoor recreational facilities are allowed to open under the rule of one person per 4 m² and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
· Sports facilities including swimming pools can open again.
Stadiums, theaters and large outdoor recreational facilities
· Major outdoor recreational facilities, including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos, are allowed to reopen with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of 5,000 people.
· Up to 500 people can attend outdoor events with tickets and seating.
· Indoor entertainment and information facilities, including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries, may reopen with one person per 4 m² or 75 percent fixed seating capacity.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship
· Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, dancing is allowed and eating and drinking only while seated.
· Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, eat and drink seated.
· Churches and places of worship may be opened for one person per line of 4 m², without singing.
· Domestic travel, including travel to regional NSW, is permitted.
· Caravan parks and camping areas are allowed to open.
· Carpooling is allowed.
Unvaccinated youths under the age of 16 have access to all outdoor environments, but can only visit indoor sites with members of their household.
Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.
There will be revised guidelines on isolation for close and informal contacts who have been fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.
· Masks remain mandatory for all indoor public places, including public transportation, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on airplanes and at airports.
· Only catering staff is obliged to wear a mouth mask outside.
· Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask indoors.