Unvaccinated people in NSW are likely to be banned from most hospitality and entertainment venues as well as air travel after Covid-19 restrictions are eased in December, the health minister says.
That’s because, rather than the government’s public health regulations, business owners will likely avoid entering the non-prohibited locations.
NSW reported 863 new local cases of Covid-19 — among Victoria’s 867 daily infections — and seven deaths on Tuesday.
Unvaccinated people in NSW could likely be banned from most hospitality and entertainment venues as well as air travel after Covid-19 restrictions are eased in December (pictured, a shopper using a QR code)
Of the seven people who died, one person was in his forties, one in his fifties, two in his seventies, two in his eighties, and one in his nineties.
It brings the toll for the current outbreak at 316.
Meanwhile, people from a Manly hotel on Sydney’s northern beaches have been asked to test and isolate after being exposed in the building.
“The source of the Covid-19 infection is currently under investigation,” a spokesman for the Northern Sydney Local Health District said.
NSW is set to come out of lockdown in a fortnight after nearly four months of stay-at-home orders for large parts of the state.
NSW is set to come out of lockdown in a fortnight after nearly four months of stay-at-home orders for large swathes of the state (photo, revelers who enjoyed Randwick races last year)
A broader ‘Covid-normal’ era will begin on December 1, when nearly all restrictions will be lifted and unvaccinated individuals will no longer be prevented by public health regulations from participating in community life.
At present, only the “two square meter” rule applies in most environments and masks are mandatory for public transport and airports.
However, Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned that business owners would likely continue to ban unvaccinated people from their buildings.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard warned that business owners would likely continue to ban unvaccinated people from their buildings even after Dec. 1 (pictured, a cafe worker in Sydney)
This will almost certainly happen on planes as Qantas tells it to vaccinate all passengers on international flights when it resumes global operations in December.
Even if public health regulations no longer block unvaccinated people from social activities, those people could still be locked out of everyday life.
“There are many companies that will make it very clear that if you are not vaccinated by December 1 you are not welcome and I think the airlines have made that very clear,” Hazzard said.
‘There had to be a balancing act. But at the end of the day, if you haven’t been vaccinated by December 1, you’ll find that you still have much more limited options in the places you want to go.
“Go and get vaccinated and stop doubting.”
Social distancing reintroductions to catering establishments and hairdressers will begin October 11, with full 70 percent vaccination coverage.
About two weeks later, the state is expected to reach 80 percent coverage, leading to additional freedoms and the resumption of regional travel.
These freedoms are only restored for fully vaccinated people.
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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 according to the rule of one person per 4 m² (unvaccinated people only have access to 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 recreation 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 seats.
· 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 corporate 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.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says officers will not routinely stop people and ask for their vaccination passports, but will be available to help entrepreneurs who refuse service to anyone.
“We will not walk through restaurants, cafes and pubs to check if people are double vaccinated,” Mr Fuller told 2GB Radio.
“We will certainly help restaurant owners and shopkeepers if they refuse anyone entry, we will respond.”
Mr Hazzard reiterated that companies must enforce public health regulations and that the police will only intervene if the disputes escalate.
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There are currently 1,155 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 213 in intensive care units and 113 on ventilators.
Mr Hazzard said intensive care admissions may not reach the huge peaks that modeling had previously predicted for October.
Lockdown orders for the Tweed and Byron Shire council areas in northern NSW will be lifted from Wednesday, as will Kempsey, but Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook will go into lockdown.