• Tony Bosworth

New freedoms for fully vaxxed from Monday – Hawkesbury opens up - shops, gyms, pubs to reopen

Updated: Oct 7



NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced a large-scale reopening this morning as the state reaches 70% fully vaccinated.


Here are all the freedoms that only fully vaccinated people in NSW are set to gain from Monday October 11.


It also means if you work in one of the venues which is being reopened - details below - you must wear a mask and be fully vaccinated.


The new rules apply to anyone aged over 16. Children under 16 who aren’t yet vaccinated can attend places that have reopened, provided they are accompanied by an adult from their household who is fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated adults with a valid medical exemption will also enjoy the freedoms.


Visiting homes is allowed

Home visitors will be doubled to 10 (not counting children 12 and under), caps on outdoor gatherings will be lifted to 30 (previously 20) and caps on weddings and funerals have been doubled to 100 people.


Outdoor gatherings increase

Up to 30 people will be allowed to gather outdoors. They will all have to be vaccinated.


Pubs, restaurants and cafes reopen


This slice of information below from the official government rules released this morning is important for all those who from Monday will be working in or visiting venues.


"Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers."

Hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen under the one person per 4 sq metres rule indoors, and one person per 2 sq metres for outdoors.


Up to 20 people will be allowed per booking, and people under 16 who are unvaccinated can also attend hospitality venues, but must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their household.


Masks and QR code check ins will still be required indoors, but not in outdoor hospitality settings.


Standing up and drinking inside the pub – known as “vertical consumption” – will not be allowed until 80% vaccination coverage is reached. But if the venue has an outdoor section, patrons can stand up and drink in that area from 11 October.


Retail shops reopen

Stores can reopen to vaccinated customers only with a capacity limit of one person per 4 sq metres. You will still need top wear a mask and QR codes will still be required.


Unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail, like supermarkets and pharmacies.


Hairdressers and nail salons reopen

Personal services can open with one person per 4 sq metres, capped at five clients per premises at any one time. When 80% vaccine coverage is reached, the cap will be removed, but the same density limit will apply.


Gyms, outdoor pools and sporting facilities reopen

These facilities can open under the one person per 4 sq metres rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.


However community sport won’t be allowed to restart. Indoor pools will be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab.


Weddings, funerals and places of worship

These services can operate with up to 100 guests, with dancing permitted at weddings and eating and drinking only while seated.


Up to 100 people can attend funerals, with the same eating and drinking rules.


Places of worship will reopen subject to the one person per 4 sq metres rule, with singing only permitted for performers. There will be a 10 person limit on choirs, and all performers will have to be fully vaccinated.


Events and entertainment return

Theme parks, race courses, stadiums and other major recreation facilities will reopen with the one person per 4 sq metres rule, capped at 5000 people. Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.


Cinemas, theatres, museums and libraries reopen

Entertainment and information facilities will be allowed to reopen, under the one person per 4 sq metres rule and a 75% fixed seating capacity.


Theme parks, race courses, stadiums and other major recreation facilities will reopen with the one person per 4 sq metres rule, capped at 5000 people. Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.


These services can operate with up to 50 guests, with dancing permitted at weddings and eating and drinking only while seated.


Up to 50 people can attend funerals, with the same eating and drinking rules.

Places of worship will reopen subject to the one person per 4 sq metres rule, with no singing.


Travel outside the Hawkesbury

We will no longer have to follow the 5km radius rule at all, which means you can travel within greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Blue Mountains).


Residents of regional LGAs can travel to other areas, but cannot enter Sydney for holidays.


Sydneysiders will not be able to travel regionally, after the NSW government pushed back this freedom to the second stage of reopening, which we will get to at 80% fully vaccinated.


Carpooling will be allowed again, and caravan parks will reopen.


At 80% vaccinated

When we reach 80% double vaccinated, which is expected at the end of October, people will be able to have up to 20 visitors at home, and up to 50 people can gather outdoors. Nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing though) and up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend ticketed outdoor events.


Also at 80%, masks will no longer be required in offices.


Schools return October 25 for all pupils

The Premier also announced that all school children will return to school on October 25, abandoning the staged return his predecessor set out.


Under the new plan, children in kindergarten, year 1, year 2 and year 12 will return to school on October 18, then all remaining grades will go back to school the following week.



Restrictions to lift for unvaccinated on December 1


Restrictions will lift for unvaccinated people from December 1 and there will be more freedoms, including no limit on household visitors.


Density limits will increase to one person per 2sqm.


No limit on informal outdoor gatherings.


Masks not required outdoors.


Here's the official link to the changes.






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