Today, NSW premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed we’re on track to continue lifting restrictions from Monday October 18. It’s likely the state will reach its goal of 80 per cent of people aged 16 and older being fully vaccinated within days.

That means home gatherings of up to 20 fully vaccinated people will be allowed (that number excludes children aged 12 and under), and up to 50 fully vaxxed people can meet outdoors.

All limits on weddings and funerals will be lifted. You’ll be able to drink at a venue while standing up (or “vertically”). Dancing is back on the cards – both indoors and outdoors at hospitality venues. Plus, community sport is back.

Masks will no longer be required in offices for those who are fully vaccinated, but those who are not will still be required to wear one. Masks are still required on public transport, in airports, on planes and in other indoor settings when you are not eating or drinking. And hospitality staff will still be required to wear one outdoors.

Venues will continue to operate at one person per four square metres indoors, and one person per two square meters outdoors. QR codes or paper check-ins and proof of vaccination is still required. (Here’s how to download a copy of your vaccination certificate to your phone).

There’ll be no limit on the number of customers allowed at hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, and tattoo and massage parlours, but density limits will apply.

Regional travel, which was previously promised once we hit the 80 per cent vaccination mark, will not resume until November 1.

However, from November 1, home and hotel quarantine will be axed for fully vaccinated travellers from overseas. International arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be capped at 210 people per week, and they’ll be required to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.

As mentioned in the government’s road map to reopening NSW, further restrictions will be lifted from December 1, with more freedoms for unvaccinated people.

nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/80-percent

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.