Sydneysiders strike pub, gym and barber shop on exit from COVID-19 lockdown after 106 days

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The fully vaccinated Sydneysiders withstood the rain to welcome “Freedom Day” Monday after more than three months of confinement.

Thousands of Sydneysiders enjoyed their first taste of normalcy in more than three months as the port city emerged from its 106-day lockdown on Monday.

Pubs reopened to fully vaccinated revelers, while those who rolled up their sleeves for two doses of a COVID-19 jab were also allowed to have their hair cut and work out at the gym.

The rainy conditions did little to diminish the excitement of locals keen to take advantage of the easing restrictions and catch up with their friends.

New South Wales’ ‘freedom day’ comes after the state reached 70% double-dose vaccination last week. Further freedoms will be granted when the 80% mark is reached, which should be in the course of next week.

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From Monday, October 11, 2021, relaxed restrictions in New South Wales will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • Limit of 10 visitors to your home
  • access Gyms, indoor recreational and sports facilities
  • group bookings of up to 20 people in a hotel environment.
  • all the premises will function at the rate of one person for four m² inside and one person for two m² outside.

People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied at their place of work and in all outdoor locations, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in the reception areas (except in the case of takeaway), entertainment facilities, major facilities and places of worship, unless they work on site.

For regional facilities in New South Wales with vaccination requirements for staff and clients, staff may return to work on October 11 if they have received at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated before November 1, 2021.

See the full list of relaxed restrictions here.


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