Millions of incarcerated Sydneysiders could be released a week ahead of schedule if vaccination rates continue to rise.
Freedom Day is expected to be on October 18, once 70 percent of the NSW population has received both doses of the jab.
However, the government is now reportedly considering opening a week early on October 11, as long as residents continue to roll up their sleeves.
“We are increasingly confident that the dates we previously thought we could hit that double dose could actually be earlier,” Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said on Wednesday.
“At 70 percent, we’ve been clear and extremely black and white … it will be a health order and the law that if you’re not vaccinated, you can’t visit the locations on the roadmap.”
Just over 48 percent of adults in NSW have received both doses of the shot.
Meanwhile, the first major ticket event in Sydney after lockdown will be Australia’s richest horse race – Everest.
Organizers have lobbied the NSW government to hold the lavish spectacle at the Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, October 16, two days before the expected ‘Freedom Day’.
While official approval has yet to be granted, Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club are expected to get the rubber stamp from Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian in the coming days, Nine News reported.
A double-dose crowd of 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend, with race-goers required to scan using NSW’s soon-to-be unveiled Covid vaccine passport system.
The first major ticket event in Sydney after lockdown will be Australia’s richest horse race – Everest. Pictured: 2019 Everest race goers
Organizers have lobbied the state government to hold the lavish event on October 16 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse (pictured), two days before the expected ‘Freedom Day’
Huge pre-pandemic crowds are pictured on The Everest at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in 2019
The Golden Eagle also received the green light from the government of Berejik on Wednesday.
History will be made when 12 of the fastest horses compete for $15 million in prize money.
And two weeks later, the world’s best four-year-olds will compete in the third running of the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
“The Everest Carnival, which takes place at both Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens, will once again put Sydney on the world stage, hosting eight amazing world-class races from September to November.”
Sydney is poised to break out of its grueling lockdown, now in its 13th week, when the state’s vaccination rate hits 70 percent.
Punters watching fascinators at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in 2020
Pictured: Kerrin McEvoy on Classique Legend wins race 7 the TAB Everest during Sydney Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse on October 17, 2020
A double-dose crowd of 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend, with race-goers required to scan using NSW’s soon-to-be unveiled vaccine passport system. Pictured: Everest in 2019
The breakthrough is expected to come about October 18, with 80 percent of NSW residents already receiving their first dose as of Wednesday.
Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have argued that because the event takes place mainly outdoors – where the virus is less likely to spread – it should be given the green light.
They also say vaccination coverage will either have passed the 70 percent mark set by federal government models, or will be so close to target that it will make minimal difference to safety.
Another factor that could win over the annual event, first launched in 2017, is the need for the state government to test out its new technology.
While pubs, restaurants, gyms, shops and personal services like hairdressers won’t be able to throw open their doors until the state overshadows its jab target, the vaccine passport system still needs some keys before it’s rolled out statewide.
Sydney will rise from its grueling lockdown, now in its 13th week, when the state’s vaccination rate hits 70 percent. Pictured: A couple on Everest in 2018
Everest horse race event could continue in 2020 despite coronavirus fears
Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to attend the glamorous event on October 16
Health authorities and policy makers are desperate to test the app to fix potential technical issues.
The state government is expected to test the scheme in regional areas with low numbers of Covid cases as early as October 4, with customers and customers in non-essential locations required to prove their vaccination status via QR code using the Service NSW app.
Anyone who does not receive a ‘green light’ will be refused entry at the door.
If Everest is allowed to run, mask mandates are still in effect, except when sitting, eating, or drinking.
Pictured: NSW MP Victor Dominello shows what the vaccine passport app will look like