‘Back on road to freedom’

OFFICE workers have ditched the masks, students have begun returning to face-to-face learning in the classroom, and drinking while standing and dancing will be permitted indoors and outdoors at hospitality venues, after NSW reached the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target over the weekend.

Treasurer Matt Kean applauded the community for its efforts, saying the further easing of restrictions will kick-start the State’s economic recovery.
“Every citizen in the State has made huge sacrifices in the past couple of months to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe,” Mr Kean said.
“As restrictions start to ease and we reach key milestones in our Roadmap, we have to get business back to business and get the economy going while staying safe.”
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW community had done an extraordinary job to reach the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target and was leading Australia out of the pandemic.
“The people of NSW have pulled together to achieve this fantastic outcome and bring us closer to life as we knew it before the pandemic, but we’re not there yet,” he said.
“We can’t forget that Covid is still circulating among us in NSW and we need to keep getting vaccinated to push the double dose rates even higher. We want to get as close to 100 per cent double vaccination as possible to keep everyone safe.”
Residents will still need to comply with Covid-Safe check-ins and provide proof of vaccination to staff in most settings, with more restrictions to be relaxed on December 1, as part of the Roadmap.
Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, on public transport (except children under 12) and for hospitality staff. All premises will continue to operate at one person per 4sqm indoors and one person per 2sqm outdoors.