NSW to scrap density limits, masks and QR codes ahead of Christmas

Density limits, masks and QR codes will all be ditched in New South Wales as the state heads for its 95 per cent double dose vaccination target on December 15.

The NSW Government has updated the roadmap for easing restrictions with masks only required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated and QR check-ins only required at high-risk venues such as pubs, small bars, registered clubs, nightclubs and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most activities but will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the easing of restrictions was only possible because NSW is amongst the highest vaccinated populations in the world and the introduction of the booster shot program.

“We’re leading the world when it comes to vaccinations and that is a tremendous achievement we can all be proud of because it has allowed us to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible,” Perrottet said.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer providing a boost for some of our hardest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID.”

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the updated plans for the next stage of the roadmap was great news for businesses still impacted by the remaining restrictions.

“This is a timely boost for businesses just before the busy Christmas and summer holiday periods,” Ayres said.

“I want to encourage everyone to go out and support NSW businesses – whether it’s a meal out, booking a regional trip, or holiday shopping at your favourite local store, this is a prime time to enjoy the new freedoms and help NSW businesses bounce back.”