NSW roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown revealed

From December 1 NSW will re-open for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated residents.

It will be the final stage in a three stage re-opening for the state.

The state is set to hit 90 per cent of the population being fully vaccinated by December 1, but there will be two stages of freedoms before then.

70 per cent of the population over 16 years of age is expected to be fully vaccinated in the next few weeks with the first easing of restrictions on October 11 for those who are fully vaccinated.

Originally travel between Sydney and the regions was meant to open when the 70 per cent rate was hit, but that has now been moved into the 80 per cent opening.

The 80 per cent rate is expected to be hit just two weeks after the 70 per cent vaccination rate is reached.

That is when fully vaccinated citizens will be allowed to travel throughout the state, stand and drink, have 10 vaccinated guests to their homes and community sport will also recommence.

There will be no caps on funerals or weddings or at hairdressers at 80 per cent for vaccinated people, while places of worship will be open for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

INSET: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photos: File

INSET: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photos: File

"I can say quite confidently we envisage October 11 will be the day we will be able to adhere to that road map and I just say to everybody across the state, thank you so much for your patience," Ms Berejiklian said.

"It is just this week and next week that we have to hang in there for.

"We are nearly, nearly there, and let's not give up at the last minute.

"We envisage there will be a very short period of time between 70 per cent and 80 per cent, as little as two weeks, because of the rate of vaccination we have seen, the take-up that we've seen."

From December 1 masks won't be required indoors and nightclubs will reopen, that's also when unvaccinated people will be subject to the same rules as the vaccinated.


To 8pm last night, NSW recorded 787 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths - six men and six women.

Four people were in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, four people were in their 80s, and two people were in their 90s.

Six people were not vaccinated, five people had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and one person had received two doses.

One person was from Sydney's inner west, one person was from Sydney's eastern suburbs, one person was from Wollongong, two people were from south-eastern Sydney, two people were from western Sydney, and five people were from south-western Sydney.

There have been 309 COVID-19 related deaths in NSW since the outbreak started in June and 365 in total since the start of the pandemic.

One new COVID-19 case was acquired overseas, and 10 previously reported cases have been excluded following further investigation. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic is 59,520.

There are currently 1155 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 214 people in intensive care, 115 of whom require ventilation.

There were 93,577 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 106,451.

NSW Health administered 19,184 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Across NSW, 85.5 per cent of the over-16 population has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 60.1 per cent are fully vaccinated to 11.59pm on September 25, 2021.

Of the 787 locally acquired cases reported to 8pm last night:

  • 239 are from South Western Sydney Local Health District (LHD),
  • 158 are from Western Sydney LHD,
  • 74 are from Sydney LHD,
  • 73 are from South Eastern Sydney LHD,
  • 63 are from Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD,
  • 46 are from Hunter New England LHD,
  • 43 are from Nepean Blue Mountains LHD,
  • 29 are from Central Coast LHD,
  • 24 are from Western NSW LHD,
  • 16 are from Northern Sydney LHD,
  • nine are from Southern NSW LHD,
  • four are from Far West LHD,
  • four are in correctional settings,
  • one is from Mid North Coast LHD, and
  • four cases are yet to be assigned to an LHD.

NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has recently detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage samples from Grafton North and South, and Wardell on the north coast, and Dareton in the far west.

There have been 53,865 locally acquired cases reported since June 16, 2021, when the first case in this outbreak was reported.

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