80%: Community sport and dancing allowed plus host of other changes

Community sport is allowed again. Photo: Daniel Cohen DC Sports Photography

Susanna Freymark

With the state reaching 80% vaccination coverage, new freedoms have been announced to come into effect from tomorrow.

One of the big changes is that community sport will be allowed.

Even though the state has reached 80% vaccination, Kyogle LGA remains at 60-70% double dose and 80-90% single dose. Richmond Valley sits at 50-60% vaccination rate for double and 80-90% single dose.

The new freedoms that will apply state-wide from tomorrow for fully vaccinated people over 16 and those with medical exemptions are:

  • Up to 20 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 50 people can continue to gather in outdoor settings.
  • Up to 200 people can attend covid-safe events.
  • Up to 3,000 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events with density limits in place.
  • Community sport will be permitted.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated may only gather outdoors in groups of two people.
  • Retail stores can operate at one person per 4sq metres (those who are not fully vaccinated will have access to non-critical retail via click-and-collect).
  • Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 4sqm (uncapped).
  • Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 4sq m inside and one person per 2sq m outside. Dancing will be allowed indoors and outdoors except at nightclubs. Group bookings will be limited to 20 people.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated can only access hospitality settings for takeaway.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities and indoor pools can operate with one person per 4sq m capped at 20 people per class.
  • Stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 4sq m, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres and music halls) can operate with one person per 4sq m or 75% fixed seated capacity.
  • Libraries, galleries and museums can operate with one person per 4sqm.
  • Nightclubs and strip clubs will reopen with seated drinking allowed but no dancing.
  • Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if possible.
  • Employers must require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from home.
  • Mask wearing will not be required in offices, provided the worker is vaccinated.
  • Schools will be open under Level 3 covid safety measures, with kindergarten.
  • Weddings will be allowed with no limits on numbers for vaccinated adults, and a five-person cap for unvaccinated adults. Eating and drinking while standing and dancing will be allowed.
  • Funerals will be allowed with no caps for vaccinated adults and a 10-person cap for the unvaccinated, with eating and drinking standing permitted.
  • Churches will reopen for the unvaccinated. Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers can perform in places of worship and at religious services.
  • Unrestricted trips between greater Sydney and regional NSW will not be allowed until November 1.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate for vaccinated and those not fully vaccinated
  • Masks are still required in all indoor settings including public transport and shops. But you don’t have to wear a mask outdoors or in office buildings, provided you’re fully vaccinated.
  • Front-of-house hospitality staff still have to wear a mask if they’re working outdoors

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What will change from 1 November?

  • Hospitality venues will no longer be capped.
  • Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will be permitted. Intrastate travel was initially slated for 80% vaccination targets but has delayed to allow time for regional NSW vaccination rates to increase.
  • Quarantine requirements will be removed and there will be no caps for overseas arrivals, provided they are fully vaccinated prior to flying.
  • Overseas arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be capped at 210 people a week, and will be required to complete 14 days quarantine.

Further changes are planned for December 1 when the state opens fully.


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