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NSW Covid-19 Restrictions Eased for Weddings: 70 percent double dose plan

The roadmap for Weddings and Events will see Dancing and singing will be allowed again at wedding receptions and events across Greater Sydney once 70 percent double dose vaccination is reached. 

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Today the Premier announced new freedoms for fully vaccinated people and a major easing of coronavirus restrictions across NSW once 70% double dose is achieved. Following a day of 1405 local COVID-19 transmissions, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has relaxed restrictions on weddings in a ‘new COVID normal’ way.  After the state hit its target of six million jabs, people who have received both doses of the vaccine will be given more freedom.  The staged opening will see restrictions ease for businesses, workers, and families for those who have both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and NSW reaches 70% double-dose of vaccination. 

There were 1405 cases of community transmission as of 8pm last night.

6 people have sadly lost their lives.

202 cases are currently in intensive care.

New freedoms for vaccinated first step on state roadmap out of COVID

The date that NSW achieves 70% double-dose is still an undetermined date however this is expected to be mid-October 2021. But the freedoms will be triggered on the first Monday after the 70% double dose figure has been hit.  This is the first step in the roadmap and further freedoms will follow for those who have had the jab when the state hits new vaccination targets of 70 and 80 per cent. The following individual freedoms will be allowed for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Key points:

Small weddings to return. 50 people will be able to attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.

50 at religious services at places of worship and 50 at funerals, subject to the four-square-metre rule.

The Deputy Premier John Barilaro said we will not be coming back to a pre-lockdown environment. There will still be restrictions in place for those going back to work and school, along with social distancing measures for events and hospitality venues. Community Sport will still not be permitted.

From 12.01am, Monday, 13 September:

For those who live outside the LGAs of concern , outdoor gatherings of up to five people (including children, all adults must be vaccinated) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home.

For those who live in the LGAs of concern households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.

70 per cent full vaccination: a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions to be lifted for those who are vaccinated.

80 per cent full vaccination: further easing of restrictions on industry, community and the economy.

The government is also investigating trials of certain industries in coming months, as a proof-of-concept measure to prepare the businesses to open up and operate in a COVID-safe way.

Click here to read the NSW Health Media Release.

Returning to a level of normality in NSW after lengthy lockdowns

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said this roadmap is our path to freedom and is our biggest incentive yet to get vaccinated so we can return to a level of normality. “The roadmap announced today outlines a clear pathway forward in which a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions will be lifted for those that are fully vaccinated when NSW hits 70 per cent,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Having a meal with loved ones, or having a drink with friends is just around the corner, but to get there, we need to keep up momentum in the vaccination rollout.” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said two doses of the vaccine not only helps protect people from hospitalisation and death, but also helps reduce transmission. “Two vaccine doses leads to around a 90 per cent overall reduction in transmission of the virus,” Mr Hazzard.


However, the NSW Premier also stipulated that if there is another outbreak or surge, restrictions and mobility will be restricted again. Despite the state’s plan to open up in mid-October, NSW Health may implement targeted restrictions for specific LGA’s. 

Gladys also announced that at 80% double dose there will be additional freedoms. A complete recovery plan will be announced in early October before NSW opens up. Until then financial support will still be available for those who have been adversely impacted. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian thanked the millions of people across NSW who came forward to receive their vaccine, helping hit the six million doses target.

“We are so grateful for every person who comes forward to get vaccinated because the more jabs we get into arms, the sooner we can lift restrictions,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We appreciate the community’s patience in the lead up to 13 September, this additional time will allow the recent surge of vaccines to take effect.” As part of the roadmap when the following targets are hit, freedoms will be as follows:

“We know how important these services are to individuals and families but as we ease restrictions further, we must remember to keep one another safe,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Source: NSW Health 

How to get immunised and obtain proof of COVID-19 vaccine passport.

If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible.

There are several options to receive your ‘proof of COVID-19 vaccination’:

You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay. Instructions are available on the Services Australia website.

If you can’t get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.

Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) and ask for your statement to be sent to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.

If you’re not eligible for Medicare you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.

For the latest information visit the NSW Government website.

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