NSW COVID-19 roadmap changes again for fully vaccinated people
In response to the faster than expected vaccination rate and the rollout of booster injections, the NSW government offered several freedoms for fully vaccinated people such as a number of COVID restrictions that were to be relaxed on 1st The month of December will instead be deleted next Monday, the 8the November.
For those who are not vaccinated, they have to wait even longer before they can enjoy more privileges. The unvaccinated were initially promised more freedoms on the 1st December, but they will now have to wait until 95% of people aged 16 and over in NSW are double vaccinated, or up to 15 years old.e December – whoever is the first.
They will only be permitted to enter essential businesses (such as supermarkets), but will not be permitted to enter anywhere else, including hospitality areas, gymnasiums and non-essential retail businesses. The only exception concerns places of worship, which unvaccinated people are allowed to attend.
For fully vaccinated, from 8e November, the following changes will take place:
- There will be no limit on the number of people who can visit someone’s home, and no density rule for outdoor gatherings of less than 1,000 people.
- Dancing in nightclubs will be allowed – currently nightclubs are only allowed to open for people to drink.
- Indoor pools will be able to reopen for recreation and paddling, rather than simple laps and swimming lessons.
- Fixed capacity entertainment facilities such as stadiums, theaters and cinemas will be able to operate at 100% capacity, while others such as theme parks and zoos will be subject to the density limits of 2 square meters at instead of the current ceilings.
- Businesses will be allowed to accommodate more fully vaccinated customers, moving to a density limit of one person per 2 square meters.
What is not changing?
- Gym and dance classes will continue to be capped at 20 people.
- Wearing a mask is still mandatory in indoor environments such as supermarkets until the 15the December.
Prime Minister Perrottet said he hoped that postponing the date for additional freedoms for the unvaccinated would encourage more people to receive the vaccine and said “we believe that moving this date back to December 15 will encourage people.
“We hope that we can achieve this rate up to 95% – it will not only be the national leader, it will also be the world leader.”
To maintain high levels of immunity in the community, NSW Health has started rolling out a booster vaccination program at its clinics for people 18 years of age and older who have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine il six months or more ago. Pfizer will be used for boosters regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine received for the first or second dose.
Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW, warned people to be cautious, explaining “It is essential that as we go through this transition phase we must maintain these COVIDSafe practices.
“Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should get tested if you have symptoms and you should stay home. These little steps can really help us keep the virus suppressed in the community.”
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