Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

NSW’s top official has revealed that the police will use special technology to ensure that Sydneysiders do not visit the regions until the Covid travel restrictions have been completely eased.

Barricaded parts of NSW reopened Monday after the state smashed the highly anticipated 70 percent double-dose vaccination target, allowing residents now to venture more than 5km from their homes if they have received two Covid vaccines.

But while city dwellers can explore Greater Sydney – including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast or Shellharbour – they will have to wait until the 80 per cent mark before traveling beyond these areas.

Police have warned they will crack down on breaches of rules caught in the regions ahead of schedule after hundreds flocked to beaches in Sydney over the weekend – hours before ‘Freedom Day’.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said patrol cars on motorways are equipped with license plate recognition technology, which will be used to detect drivers outside the borders.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned that the force will strike at Sydneysiders captured in the regions before 80 per cent double dose of vaccination targets are reached

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned that the force will strike at Sydneysiders captured in the regions before 80 per cent double dose of vaccination targets are reached

‘The cars from Greater Sydney, if they are in regional NSW, our license plate recognition will pick it up,’ he told the Today show on Monday.

‘They can read eight license plates a second.’

Commissioner Fuller said the force has used the method to identify cars outside their 5km bubble during lockdown.

Although the restrictions are easing, Commissioner Fuller said sanctions will be handed out to people who fail public health orders before they need to be relaxed.

‘We still write 300 tickets a day to people who violate the health order [but] I predict it will reduce in the coming weeks with the restrictions, but we are enforcing the health ordinances, he said.

‘I do not want society to misunderstand my message. We will still take action against beachbreakers. ‘

After 106 days of lockdown, nearly 63,000 Covid cases and 431 deaths, orders to stay home were overturned across NSW on Monday after the state hit the 70 percent double-dose milestone in the middle of last week.

Commissioner Fuller said highway patrol cars will use license plate recognition technology to spot drivers outside their travel limits.  Pictured: NSW police officers patrol a border checkpoint in July 2020

Commissioner Fuller said highway patrol cars will use license plate recognition technology to spot drivers outside their travel limits. Pictured: NSW police officers patrol a border checkpoint in July 2020

Covid-19 restrictions eased across NSW on Monday after the state hit 70 percent double-dose vaccination targets

Covid-19 restrictions eased across NSW on Monday after the state hit 70 percent double-dose vaccination targets

While Sydneysiders are excluded from intrastate travel until the state reaches the fully vaccinated rate of 80 percent, those outside Harbor City are free to move around the regions.

Under relaxed restrictions, ten double-dosed visitors are now allowed at home with 30 allowed to gather outdoors.

Deposed Gladys Berejiklian’s original roadmap had previously set the ceiling at five indoors and 20 outside, but only 24 hours after being sworn in, Perrottet called for increasing capacity limits.

He also doubled the number of vaccinated guests who were allowed to attend weddings and funerals with 100 people who could attend the ceremony, but they must remain seated when eating and drinking.

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Regional NSW residents (pictured) can travel intrastat freely, but Sydneysiders must stay within Greater Sydney until the 80 per cent double dose milestone is reached later this month

Regional NSW residents (pictured) can travel intrastat freely, but Sydneysiders must stay within Greater Sydney until the 80 per cent double dose milestone is reached later this month

Face masks are no longer mandatory outdoors, with the exception of hospitality workers who actively serve customers but must still be worn indoors except when eating or drinking.

Fitness centers, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, non-essential retail, libraries and churches can operate under one person per. 4 sqm rule, but nightclubs remain closed.

Hairdressers and beauticians can also bid back on vaccinated clients, but are limited to a maximum of five on the premises at a time.

Fitness centers can open with up to 20 clients per. Class, while stadiums, racetracks, amusement parks and zoos can have up to 5,000 visitors.

Indoor entertainment facilities such as cinemas, theaters, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per night. 4 sqm or 75 percent fixed capacity.

Further restrictions will be eased later this month when NSW hits 80 per cent vaccination before liberties open up to the unvaccinated from 1 December.

WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?

TRIP:

If you have received both shots of the vaccine, you can now travel beyond the 5 km bubble.

Sydneysiders can now move anywhere across Harbor City as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast or Shellharbour.

Those living in regional areas are free to travel throughout the state.

But intrastate travel between Sydney and regional areas is still a no-go.

DRINKS AND GOES OUT:

Dosed residents can now return to the pub with one person per. Sqm rule in place.

Dancing and getting up indoors is still forbidden, as nightclubs keep the doors closed

SEE FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

You can also have up to 10 friends inside their home or gather with 30 outdoors.

EAT:

You are now free to get a table at your favorite café or restaurant with the rule of one person per. M2 also in place.

Again, only the fully vaccinated are allowed

GYMS:

Fitness centers are now open to the fully vaccinated with up to 20 people allowed to train indoors or in a class.

STORES:

You can again browse your favorite stores with stores that are allowed to operate under the rule one person per. Sqm.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Watch a movie in the cinema with all the indoor entertainment facilities that are allowed to shop at 75 percent capacity.

This means that theaters are also open, as are museums.

BEAUTY AND HAIR:

Personal services such as haircuts are also allowed with five people allowed in the salon.

Nail salons, hairdressers and massage salons will also be open.

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