This weekend, NSW is set to hit that magic number: 80 per cent of residents fully vaccinated. But while the ban on Sydneysiders travelling into the regions was set to lift the Monday after we hit that 80 per cent target, it’s now been pushed back. Deputy premier Paul Toole announced this morning we won’t be able to leave Greater Sydney until November 1.

Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Toole said that some regional communities wanted the ban extended, as vaccination rates in many areas remain low.

“I know it’s frustrating. It’s not an easy decision,” said Toole. “But we have a responsibility to make sure that we keep our regional communities safe.”

Currently only 36 per cent of regional local government areas have hit that 80 per cent double-vaxxed mark.

New South Wales is reopening, but the pandemic isn’t over. We’re entering a new phase of living with Covid-19: some of us will be going out like crazy, while others might prefer to stay at home for now. If you want to support your favourite venues and businesses, ensure you're adhering to current health advice. The Covid-19 situation is evolving and public health requirements are still subject to change. If you have concerns about visiting businesses or public spaces, or questions about self-isolation or coronavirus testing, see the latest updates from the NSW Government.