NSW will abandon masks, QR codes and vaccination certificates in retail settings and restaurants, while school closures will end, as Premier Dominic Perrottet prepares to further ease COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas.
Density limits will be scrapped from pubs and restaurants, while masks will only be compulsory on public transport, at airports and for unvaccinated indoor hospitality staff.
The additional freedoms will kick in when NSW reaches its 95 per cent double dose vaccination target or from December 15, whichever comes first, as the state moves to a COVID-normal future.
Under changes to the recovery road map, QR code check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues including pubs, nightclubs, hospitals, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons, funerals and indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.
Mr Perrottet on Thursday said the state could confidently ease restrictions next month because of its high vaccination rate, with more than 92 per cent of people over 16 having been double-jabbed.
About 12.8 million jabs having been administered across NSW since the vaccination roll-out began, with 94.4 per cent of the state receiving one dose.
“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,” Mr Perrottet said.
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