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New South Wales has recorded 1,043 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths

New South Wales has recorded 1,043 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths
New South Wales has recorded 1,043 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths with the state on track to reach 80 per cent fully vaccinated just two weeks after hitting the first 70 per cent milestone.The NSW Government will hold a crisis cabinet meeting on Friday to determine the freedoms on offer once the larger target is finally reached.International…

New South Wales has recorded 1,043 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths with the state on track to reach 80 per cent fully vaccinated just two weeks after hitting the first 70 per cent milestone.

The NSW Government will hold a crisis cabinet meeting on Friday to determine the freedoms on offer once the larger target is finally reached.

International travel and the easing of state border restrictions may be on the cards for those who’ve received both jabs along with community sport and large events.

Freedom Day is expected to come on the Monday after the state reaches 70 per cent double doses which is set for October 11 – meaning more restrictions could be lifted by the end of next month.

More than 56 per cent of over-16s are now fully vaccinated while 84 per cent have had at least one dose.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in most of the LGAs of concern, 80 per cent of residents have now had one jab but warned opening up the state would be done cautiously to prevent an influx of cases being hospitalised.

The NSW Government will hold a crisis cabinet meeting on Friday to determine the freedoms on offer once 80 per cent of the population is double vaccinated

New South Wales has recorded 1,043 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths on Friday

‘I am always wary of using terms like ‘freedom day’ because when we start to open up it must be step-by-step,’ she said during Friday’s press conference. 

‘It must be done cautiously and we must remember that even though people may be fully vaccinated, if you are vulnerable and have other conditions you can still succumb and get the disease in a serious way, or worse.

‘So while we are all looking forward, [it’s] almost a gallop to the finish line in terms of the double dose, we need to make sure that what we do at 70 and 80 per cent is done cautiously and also moderately.’ 

The government’s roadmap to freedom allows a moderate easing of restrictions when the double dose rate hits 70 per cent, expected in mid October, including the return of pubs, gyms and hair salons with strict density requirements. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in most of the LGAs of concern, 80 per cent of residents have now had one jab but warned opening up the state would be done cautiously to prevent an influx of cases being hospitalised

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet earlier revealed to Daily Mail Australia what life could look like once the 80 per cent target is reached.

He said the country must open up to the world because ‘we can’t live in a hermit kingdom’ for much longer – and he expects quarantine for overseas arrivals including foreigners to be removed entirely next year. 

‘Nightclubs were something that were substantially discussed at 70 per cent [vaccination rate] and it was pushed to 80 per cent,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Sydney residents are seen soaking up the sun at Bondi Beach as Freedom Day edges closer

Roadmap to freedom: All the changes for fully vaccinated NSW residents after hitting 70% jab target

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s freedom plan will kick off after the state hits 70 per cent of adults double dosed 

Gatherings in the home and public spaces

· Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).

· Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms

· Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.

· Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).

· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.

· Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

· Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities

· Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.

· Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.

· Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

· Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.

· Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.

· Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel

· Domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will be permitted.

· Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.

· Carpooling will be permitted.

Non-vaccinated young people aged under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings but will only be able to visit indoor venues 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 guidance on isolation for close and casual contacts who are fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.

Masks

· Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.

· Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.

· Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.  

‘The other one was community sport. There were areas of substantive debate for 70 so I think you can expect at 80 per cent that clubs will be open again and that’s obviously important because younger people are in many ways the ones that have been hit very hard.’ 

Mr Perrottet said the government was also looking at resuming international travel at 80 per cent but these details are yet to be confirmed. 

Lockdowns will also likely be ‘highly targeted’ once that milestone is reached. 

Ms Berejiklian said she was hoping NSW could be the ‘gateway to Australia’ for international arrivals.

‘Once we get to that 80 per cent double dose, I would welcome having thousands and thousands of Australians come through Sydney Airport,’ she said.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed cases in hot spots such as Canterbury Bankstown and Cumberland in Sydney’s south-west were now starting to decline but 103 infections had been recorded overnight in the Illawarra region.

More than 56 per cent of over-16s in NSW are now fully vaccinated while 84 per cent have had at least one dose

The majority of new cases recorded on Friday remain in Sydney’s LGAs of concern with 256 infections from south western Sydney and 211 from western Sydney (pictured in Bondi)

Of the 11 deaths, ten people were unvaccinated while one had received both jabs. All had underlying health conditions.

One death was in a resident aged in their 40s who died at his home and tested positive after his death.

Two more deaths were in residents ages in their 50s, another was aged in their 60s, while six were in their 80s and one was in their 90s. 

The majority of new cases recorded on Friday remain in Sydney’s LGAs of concern with 256 infections from south western Sydney and 211 from western Sydney.

Covid fragments have also been detected in areas not known to have any cases.

These areas are Lightning Ridge in western NSW, Jindabyne in southern NSW, Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands, and South Lismore in northern NSW. 

Health minister Brad Hazzard confirmed on Thursday NSW residents can look forward to ‘cutting loose’ by Christmas and promised more freedoms for those vaccinated in the coming weeks. 

He also applauded struggling communities in Covid-riddled hotspots, where cases have plummeted in recent days.  

Restrictions are set to ease across the state by the end of October with vaccination rates surging

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian looks on during a press conference outside the Covid Vaccination hub at Macquarie Fields

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