No dancing, drinking and quarantine as NSW opens

NSW will allow dancing and standing up drinking from Monday and will lift venue capacity limits and quarantine for domestic and international visitors from 1 November as we move towards the 80 percent double dose vaccine reopening target.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said today that Monday has been tightened as the state’s reopening roadmap settings will begin to take effect for those double-vaccinated.

Restrictions on the number of weddings and funerals will also be lifted and community sports will continue, allowing up to 20 people in households.

From 1 November, rules limiting the number of users allowed in venues and isolation and quarantine regulations will be lifted.

Travelers from around the world will need to be fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 on departure and arrival.

NSW has become the first state in the country to announce that it will open to travelers from overseas and lift quarantine rules, working with the Commonwealth.

“Sydney (and) NSW is open for business for people with dual vaccinations worldwide,” Perrottet said on Friday.

“We want people back”

The Prime Minister also confirmed that restrictions will be further relaxed across NSW from Monday, a week after the start of the first phase of the state’s exit from quarantine, but Sydneysiders will not be able to travel to areas.

NSW will likely reach 80 percent double dose coverage by Saturday, which will require changes to a number of restrictions.

The number of guests at weddings and funerals will be unlimited and up to 20 household visitors will be allowed.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole confirmed the decision to delay travel to the regions until 1 November due to the risk to communities where vaccination rates are lagging behind cities.

Postponing regional travel was necessary to protect communities from a virus outbreak because only 36 percent of regional local government districts have populations of 80 percent double-vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We have to make sure there is a balance between protecting communities and opening up,” Toole said. Said.

In NSW, 399 new local cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed between 24 hours and 20:00 on Thursday.

The radical change in quarantine surpassed the agreement of the national cabinet.

Under the reopening plan, an 80 percent double dose vaccination rate was supposed to trigger a gradual reopening of international travel with “safe countries” and “proportionate quarantine”.

The deal, based on Doherty Institute modelling, signaled reduced requirements for fully vaccinated passengers.

But travel without quarantine was only part of the final “post-vaccination” phase, aimed at managing the coronavirus in the same way as other infectious diseases.

The explosive departure from the plan raises important questions about state lines and requirements for international arrivals wishing to leave NSW.

“During this period I had numerous conversations with the prime minister about waiving the hotel quarantine – they support this policy,” Perrottet said.

“They will need to implement this from a border perspective, and we want tourists to get back to the state as quickly as possible.

“If you’re a returning Australian and want to come here, stay in New South Wales and Sydney,” he said.

“Have a good time here before you go home and spend big.”

-with AAP

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