Changes to NSW "Roadmap" - some restrictions eased from 8th November
In response to the faster-than-expected rate of vaccination, the NSW Government is bringing forward easing of some rules for those who are fully vaccinated to Monday, 8 November (these were previously set to change on 1st December).
NOTE: Until 8th November the "80 % rules" listed below still apply.
To check the current rules in full go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/rules
Changes for fully vaccinated people from Mon 18/10/21 - the 80% mark reached;
With NSW reaching 80% vaccination rate for people aged 16 and up, the new rules set out in the roadmap come into effect from Mon 18/10/21.
There are increased numbers allowed in various settings.
Community sport can commence (only for the fully vaccinated at this stage).
Masks are no longer required to be worn in office workplaces, but are still to be worn in other non-residential indoor settings e.g. still needed in retail shops, public transport.
However, travel between Greater Sydney and regional areas is still NOT allowed. That will be permitted from 1st Nov.
For a full list of the "80 %" rules check here https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/80-percent
For a summary of the rule changes at 80%, some from 1st Nov and those to come on 1st December, download this Roadmap from the NSW Govt;
COVID-safe check-in card for those who don't have a smartphone
If you don't have a smartphone, you can now create your own check-in card that will allow you to check in quickly to venues and businesses.
You can create your personalised "card" on the Service NSW website and print it out to use. Or you can request a card be sent to you, by phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW centre . Here is a link to more info;
28/6/21 - National cabinet decisions - Mandatory vaccinations for Aged Care workers, extra tests after quarantine period for international travellers
The Prime Minister has announced that Covid vaccinations will be mandatory for all Aged Care workers.
The Commonwealth will provide funding towards cost to Aged Care facilities if they need to arrange off-site vaccination and also some funding towards paid leave for staff to get vaccinated.
Some more details are available here;
International travellers (e.g. Australian citizens returning home) will be required to be tested again 2 or 3 days after they have completed their 14 day quarantine.