This is what you can and cannot do once NSW doubles to 80%

This morning, the NSW government released its roadmap to emerge from the lockdown, announcing a plan that will go into effect once the state’s population is 80% fully immunized.

Although the government has not given a specific date as to when this will happen, it says the target will likely be reached by the end of October. When the population over 16 reaches that milestone, this is what you can and cannot do.

Gatherings at home and in outdoor public spaces
• Up to 10 visitors can congregate in the houses (this number does not include children 12 and under).
• Up to 20 people can meet in unregulated outdoor locations.
• Up to 200 people can attend Covid-safe events and up to 500 people can attend controlled events with ticket and seated.
• Community sport will be allowed.
• If you are not fully immunized, you can only gather outside in groups of two.

Hospitality venues, retail stores and gyms
• Retail stores can accommodate one person every four square meters. Those who are not fully vaccinated will still only have access to non-critical retail through click-and-collect.
• Hairdressing, spa, manicure, beauty, waxing, tattooing and massage salons can operate according to the four square meter rule.
• Hospitality venues, such as bars and restaurants, can operate under the four square meter rule for indoor spaces and the two square meter rule for outdoor spaces. People don’t have to be seated to drink indoors.
• Group bookings will be capped at 20 people. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only access the hospitality settings for take-out meals.
• Gyms and indoor recreational facilities (except indoor pools) can operate with one person per four square meters, with a cap of 20 people per class.

Cinemas, galleries, libraries and nightclubs
• Entertainment facilities such as cinemas, theaters and concert halls can operate at the four square meter rule, or at 75 percent of fixed seating capacity (whichever is greater).
• Libraries, galleries and museums can operate at the rate of one person per four square meters. Leisure centers and nightclubs must remain closed.

Masks and teleworking
• Masks will remain compulsory for all premises and indoor environments (with the exception of the home), with the exception of children under 12 years old. Only reception staff will be required to wear a mask outside.
• When possible, employers should continue to allow employees to work from home. Employers should require employees who are not fully immunized to work from home.

To travel
• Carpooling is allowed. Unvaccinated people can only carpool with their household.
• Residents of Greater Sydney can travel to the NSW area, and vice versa.
• Trailer parks and campgrounds can work, even for those who are not fully immunized.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship
• You can have an unlimited number of guests at your wedding, but the four square meter rule applies. Dancing is permitted and eating and drinking while standing is permitted.
• Those who are not fully immunized can only attend weddings with a maximum of five guests and no receptions.
• The four square meter rule applies for funerals. Those who are not fully immunized can only attend the funeral with a maximum of 10 people.
• The four square meter rule applies for churches and places of worship, but no singing is allowed. You can attend a service if you are not completely relieved.

From December 1, here’s what you can and can’t do
Regardless of your immunization status, these rules will apply to all residents of NSW.

• There will be no limit on the number of visitors to your home.
• The density level will increase to one person per two square meters for indoor and outdoor environments.
• There will be no limit to the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings. A Covid-safe plan is required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people. Community sport is allowed for everyone.
• The one person per two square meter rule applies to hotels, gyms, indoor pools, retail stores, as well as personal service businesses such as hairdressers, spa, manicure, beauty, hair removal, tattooing and massage. It also applies to cinemas, theaters, galleries, weddings, places of worship and funerals.
• The arrangements for working from home will be at the discretion of the employers.
• Carpooling is allowed.
• Masks will be compulsory when traveling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for reception workers.


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