|From Monday 11 October, NSW will start to reopen as the State passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.
Anyone aged 16 or over will need to be fully vaccinated (or have an exemption) to enter most venues including:
Critical retail such as supermarkets or pharmacies will still be accessible for people who are not fully vaccinated. These regulations are expected to apply until December 1 when the state reaches 90 per cent vaccine coverage and unvaccinated people are granted the same freedoms.
With the first vaccination milestone being reached, the NSW Government is also easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap.
Masks and QR codes
Visiting family and friends
Exercise and recreation
Shopping and personal services
Restaurants and hospitality
Weddings and religious services
Travel and transport
Working from home
Events and entertainment
All road map freedoms at this stage will only apply to fully vaccinated people over 16.
People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.
For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can be able to return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
For more information on which settings will require proof of full vaccination and how customers can show proof, click here.
For more information on compliance and obligations for business, including what you need to do to prepare, what you are responsible for, what proof of vaccination you can accept, and what penalties there are for non-compliance, click here.
For more information on the key considerations a business will have around vaccination of its staff and customers, including whether you can direct your employees to get vaccinated, asking for proof of vaccination and whether you can refuse entry to unvaccinated patrons, click here.