New South Wales has officially hit the 80 per cent double vaccinated mark, officially triggering eased restrictions from this Monday, October 18.
Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the milestone this afternoon, tweeting "80 per cent in NSW! Been a long wait but we've done it. Feels great to break this news."
A slew of restrictions will ease – but only for the double vaccinated, or those with a medical exemption. From Monday, community sport will resume, bookings for hospitality venues will no longer be capped and drinking indoors while standing will be allowed. And it’ll be masks off in the office; the only people who will need to wear masks outdoors are hospitality staff and those who are not fully vaccinated. Masks are still required on public transport, in airports, on planes and in other indoor settings when you are not eating or drinking.
Outdoor gatherings can have 50 people, while you can have 20 people in your home. All limits on weddings and funerals will be removed. And the five-person limit on hairdressers, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and nail parlours, and spas will be lifted; density limits will still apply.
Regional travel, which was meant to be permitted once we hit 80 per cent, has now been delayed until November 1.