Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole announced the new date Friday morning.

Restrictions on movement within NSW were originally scheduled to be eased on Monday after 80 percent of the state aged 16 and over received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

However, this threshold is likely to be reached earlier than originally expected, with 77.8 percent of people fully vaccinated as of the most recent reporting period.

NSW is expected to hit its 80 percent double-dose vaccination target (for people aged 16 and over) over the weekend.

Mr. Toole told 2GBs Ben Fordham that “some of ours [regional] society actually wants [the travel ban] to be longer ”, where vaccination rates in some regional areas lag behind the rest of the state.

Mr. Toole said only 36 per cent of local authority areas had reached similar double-vaccination rates as those in Greater Sydney. “It’s too early and we know that if we wait another two weeks, we will be in the same position as Sydney is today,” he said.

“It will see more than 70 percent of our regional local government areas [reaching that double-vaccination rate].

The wreck of Plutus lies in the crystal clear winter waters off Currarong on the NSW South Coast.  Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW has been pushed back until 1 November.

The wreck of Plutus lies in the crystal clear winter waters off Currarong on the NSW South Coast. Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW has been pushed back until 1 November.Credit:Nick Moir

“The other important thing is that regional communities want to welcome Sydneysiders back … but the worst that could happen would be to hit the brakes, stop people from going into those communities and see a lockdown.”

Perrottet said the decision to move between Greater Sydney and regional NSW was an “unpopular” but correct decision.

“The reason we made that decision is based on vaccination rates ahead of us,” he said.

“If you look at the percentage of LGAs that have reached the 80 per cent double dose here in Sydney, this is where regional NSW will be on 1 November.”

Other restrictions need to be relaxed

Restrictions on home visitors, outdoor gatherings, rules for hospitality venues and caps for weddings and funerals will all be eased from Monday for the fully vaccinated.

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Those who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to have 20 visitors in their homes from Monday, up from the current limit of 10, and the ceiling on outdoor gatherings will increase from 30 to 50 people.

Caps at funerals and weddings will be removed and drinks are allowed while traveling in hospitality venues.

The state registered 399 new local cases of COVID-19 and four deaths Friday. There are now 677 coronavirus patients in NSW hospitals, of which 145 are in intensive care.

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