Berejiklian says some events to restart once 70 per cent vaccine threshold met

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian hints that international travel to resume in November.

Ticketed public events in New South Wales could reopen once 70 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

“Whether it is attending a public event or having a drink, if you are fully vaccinated and the state has hit its 70 per cent double dose target, please expect to do all of those things we have been missing for too long,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunrise.

“I’m looking forward to that and I want to thank everybody for coming forward to getting vaccinated.”

While double jabbed residents would be able to attend ticketed public events indoor gatherings are unlikely at 70 per cent.

“We know that indoor gatherings or people coming to your home are high-risk,” she said.

Berejiklian said authorities were working on the QR code system which would act as a vaccination passport for entry into venues.

“Many places won’t let anybody in if you don’t have that vaccination verification,” she said on the Today show.

“The government policy will lead the way in terms of only allowing vaccinated people to do things at 70 per cent.”

Berejiklian also said she expected NSW and Victoria to lead the way on opening up to international travel.

“At 80 per cent double dose vaccination we can look forward to international travel and that is the plan that we all signed up to,” she said.

“I am really committed to making sure NSW residents have access to international travel once we get that 80 per cent double dose and most importantly, I want every Aussie who wants to come home back to Australia to get back home for Christmas.

“If that means coming through Sydney airport, you are more than welcome.”

The state is forecast to hit its 70 per cent vaccination target in late October and its 80 per cent target in November.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is ditching his zero Covid ambitions.

Victoria may also be scrapping its zero Covid ambitions as infections continue to rise despite the current lockdown.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be a “modest easing” of restrictions.

”I do want to be very clear with the people of Victoria – this will not be Freedom Day, it will not be an opening-up type day,” he said.

“It’ll be modest changes that hopefully can be meaningful in people’s lives.

“We’re looking at all manner of different things that we might be able to do.

“I am confident we can find that middle path where we have not necessarily zero but low numbers.

“If we can’t achieve zero, despite our best efforts, how many cases can we tolerate? It will need to be a low number.

“It cannot be in the hundreds because it won’t be in the hundreds for long, it will race and get away from us.

“Then, based on those thresholds and those low case numbers, we will make further announcements about things that can be eased.”