NSW reveals what restrictions will ease once it hits 80pc vaccination target

Venues will soon be able to reopen across NSW, and caps on weddings and funerals will be removed, according to the state government’s roadmap to recovery.

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target, up to 200 fully-vaxxed people can attend COVID-safe events, and up to 500 people who have had both jabs can attend ticketed and seated events

Those who are fully vaccinated will also be able to access hospitality venues, where drinking while standing up will be allowed indoors.

However, all premises will need to follow the one person per four-square-metre rule indoors, and the one person per two-square-metre rule outdoors.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 80 per cent roadmap will also remove the limit of fully-vaccinated guests for weddings and funerals.

According to The GuardianNSW is expected to hit the 80 per cent target by 25 October, with lockdown expected to lift for fully-vaccinated Sydneysiders on 11 October.

Given updated health advice, the NSW government has made adjustments to the 70 per cent roadmap.

Regional travel for the fully vaxxed will now not be allowed until the state reaches the 80 per cent milestone, and a booking cap has been introduced for hospitality venues of 20 people per booking.

Berejiklian said the roadmap may be fine-tuned by NSW Health as the state continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks.

From 1 December, venues will be able to move to the two-square-metre rule, there will be no limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings, and a COVID-safe plan will be required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.

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