• Tony Bosworth

More restrictions lifted in Hawkesbury from Monday, and international border with NSW reopens Nov 1

Big changes announced this morning by Premier Dominic Perrottet as NSW is expected to reach 80% double dose vaccination this weekend.

From Monday in the Hawkesbury home visits increase from 10 to 20 people, outdoor gatherings from 30 to 50 and standing up in pubs and bars will be back too.

Community sport will resume, and masks will not need to be worn in offices.

There will be no limits on weddings or funerals.

But more big news too in that from November 1, the Premier says international borders will reopen to and from NSW, and anyone who arrives here from overseas will not have to go into any form of quarantine or isolation if they are fully vaccinated.

“Probably the most significant announcement we are making is an end to quarantine,” he said this morning.

“From November 1st, returning Australians and tourists who want to come back, who want to visit Australia and come into Sydney, hotel quarantine will be a thing of the past.

“We will require, working with the Commonwealth government, that people coming into here, you’ll need to do a PCR test before you board the flight. You will need to show proof of your double vaccination.

“For double vaccinated people around the world, Sydney, New South Wales is open for business,” said the Premier.

But, travel to regional NSW will still not be allowed until November 1 because there is still a relatively low level of vaccination out in our regions.

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