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Major shake-up to NSW’s reopening roadmap revealed

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has given an update on the restrictions that will be easing from December 15. Here’s what it means for mask wearing, QR check-ins and providing proof of vaccination.  

New South Wales residents will be able to ditch masks in most settings and will no longer have to check-in at supermarkets, cafes and retail outlets under changes that take effect in less than weeks. 

Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday provided an update on the COVID-19 restrictions that will be eased from December 15, or when the state hits the 95 per cent double-dose vaccination target, whichever comes first.

Density limits will be scrapped at all venues, QR check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues and masks will only have to be worn on public transport, at airports and on planes.

Front-of-house hospitality staff working indoors who are not fully vaccinated must also continue to wear masks. 

The eased restrictions also mean residents will no longer have to provide proof of their vaccination status, allowing those who have not received two doses of the COVID-19 jab to head back to venues they had been locked-out of.

The changes that will come into effect from December 15 are:

  • Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated (previously all indoors front-of-house hospitality staff regardless of vaccination status). Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot social distance;
  • No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm);
  • COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses and will be supported by SafeWork NSW;
  • QR check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services (e.g. hairdressers and beauty salons), limited hospitality settings (including pubs, small bars, registered clubs and nightclubs), and for…

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