NSW COVID cases remain above 200 as state outlines easing restrictions

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NSW has recorded 261 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm.

No deaths were recorded in the reporting period.

The state's population aged 16 years and over is now 92.2 per cent fully vaccinated, while 94.5 per cent have had their first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Those aged between 12 and 15 years are 76 per cent fully vaccinated, while 81.1 per cent have had their first dose.

There are 185 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 27 in ICU.

Yesterday, 73,027 tests were conducted which was down on the previous day's total of 74,926.

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NSW Health will release further details of today's cases at 11am.

Yesterday it was announced vaccinated hospitality workers will not have to wear masks on the job from December 15 and QR check-ins will vanish at many businesses.

Masks will be required only on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.

Density limits of one person per two square metres in pubs, cafes and many other businesses will be scrapped and COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses.

QR check-ins will be needed only at high-risk venues, including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, hairdressers, beauty salons, pubs, small bars, registered clubs and nightclubs.

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required by Public Health Order for most activities, but businesses can still require proof at their own discretion.

Proof of vaccination and QR codes will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

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