NSW to fast track more freedoms next week but only for the vaccinated

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a new support package for businesses hit by the Omicron wave.

The NSW government will bring forward December 1 freedoms to November 8 as the state exceeds its vaccination targets.

From next week hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking. Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm.

There will be no rules for outdoor gatherings with fewer than 1,000 people but a COVID Safe plan is required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.

Masks will only be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers.

“Everybody has done an incredible job to ensure NSW can ease restrictions in a safe and considered way earlier than we planned,” said NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

However, those who are unvaccinated won’t be given same freedoms until late December when 95 per cent of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated.

“Ultimately we want a united society and we believe moving that date back to December 15 will incentivise [people to get vaccinated],” he said.

“We are hopeful that we can get that rate up.”