Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

NSW will abandon masks, QR codes and vaccination certificates in retail and restaurants while school closures end as Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet prepares to further ease COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas.

Density limits will be scrapped from pubs and restaurants, while masks will only be mandatory on public transport, at airports and for unvaccinated indoor hospitality staff.

The additional freedoms will begin when NSW reaches its 95 percent double-dose vaccination target or from December 15, whichever comes first, as the state moves toward a COVID-normal future.

Masks will no longer be required in retail after NSW reaches the 95 percent double-dose vaccination target or by December 15, whichever comes first.

Masks will no longer be required in retail after NSW reaches the 95 percent double-dose vaccination target or by December 15, whichever comes first.Credit:Renee Nowytarger

Under changes to the recovery roadmap, QR code check-in will only be required at high-risk locations, including pubs, nightclubs, hospitals, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons, funerals and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

Sir. Perrottet said Thursday that the state could certainly ease the restrictions next month because of its high vaccination rate, with more than 92 percent of people over the age of 16 being double-jabbed.

About 12.8 million jabs have been administered across NSW since vaccination rollout began, with 94.4 percent of the state receiving one dose.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy the summer, giving a boost to some of our toughest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe while we learning to live with COVID, “Perrottet said.

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