Barton Deakin Brief: NSW Roadmap to Recovery

Date: Nov 2021

Barton Deakin Brief: NSW Roadmap to Recovery

Overview

The NSW Government’s four-stage roadmap to recovery to return to a new COVID-normal has continually surpassed expectations and modelling due to the high vaccination rate in NSW. The first two stages were completed ahead of schedule when 70% and 80% of NSW’s population aged 16 years and above were double-vaccinated; the third stage was brought forward from 1 December to 8 November 2021.

 

The NSW Government announced the fourth stage of the roadmap on Thursday 25 November 2021. The fourth stage of the roadmap will initiate at a 95% double dose vaccination rate of citizens aged 16 years or above (16+) or on 15 December 2021, whichever comes first.

 

92.2% of the 16+ NSW population has received two doses of a vaccine with 94.5% having receiving one dose. The 7-day average of locally acquired COVID-19 infections is 213.7, remaining below 300 daily cases since late-October.

This Barton Deakin Brief outlines NSW’s COVID restrictions at each stage.

 

Stage Four, 95% Coverage (or 15 December 2021)

The following settings will apply when NSW reaches the 95% double dose vaccination target or 15 December, whichever comes first.

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • There are no limits to the number of visitors to a home and no limits to the number of people who can attend outdoor gatherings

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • There will be no density limits on any venues

Entertainment, information and education facilities

  • COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses and will be supported by SafeWork NSW

QR check-ins

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
  • Indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people

Proof of vaccination

  • Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most activities, however, businesses can still require proof at their own discretion
  • Proof of vaccination will still be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people

Masks

  • Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house staff who are not vaccinated
  • Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot socially distance

 

Earlier stages

 

Stage One, 70% Coverage (reached on 6 October 2021)

Stay-at-home orders for adults who received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were lifted. The following guidelines applied to fully vaccinated and medically exempted residents under Stage One:

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • Up to 5 visitors in a home where all adults are vaccinated, with up to 20 people outdoors

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • Hospitality venues could reopen subject to 1 person per 4sqm inside and 1 person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside
  • Retail stores and personal services could reopen under 1 person per 4 sqm, with a cap of 5 clients for personal services
  • Gyms and indoor facilities could reopen under 1 person per 4sqm, with classes of 20
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools could reopen

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities could reopen under 1 person per 4sqm (capped at 5,000);500 people were allowed at ticketed and seated outdoor events
  • Indoor entertainment facilities at 1 person per 4sqm or 75% seated capacity

Masks

  • Masks remained mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, hospitality, retail and business premises, on places and at airports
  • Only hospitality staff were required to wear a mask when outdoors

Weddings, funerals, places of worship

  • Up to 50 guests could attend weddings and funerals, with eating/drinking only while seated
  • Dancing was permitted at weddings

Non-vaccinated under-16-year-olds were able to access all outdoor settings and only indoor venues with members of their household.

 

Stage Two, 80% Coverage (reached on 16 October 2021)

The following freedoms applied to fully vaccinated and medically exempted residents under Stage Two:

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • Up to 10 visitors were allowed in a home, not including children aged 12 and under
  • Up to 20 people could gather in outdoor settings
  • Up to 200 people could attend COVID-Safe events, with 500 at ticketed/seated events
  • Community sport were permitted

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • All venues operated with 1 person per 4sqm indoors, 1 person per 2sqm outdoors
  • Group bookings for hospitality venues were limited to 20 people
  • Customer caps for personal services such as hairdressers were removed
  • Gym classes were capped at 20 people per class
  • Those who were not fully vaccinated could only access non-critical retail through click-and-collect and could only access hospitality settings for takeaway

Major outdoor recreation facilities

  • Stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos could operate with 1 person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people

Entertainment, information and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities could operate with 1 person per 4sqm, or 75% seated capacity
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs remained closed

Travel

  • Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW were permitted
  • Carpooling was permitted, unvaccinated carpooling permitted within their household

Masks

  • Masks remained mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, with only hospitality staff required to wear a mask outdoors

Weddings, funerals, places of worship

  • 1 person per 4spm (uncapped) for weddings, funerals and places of worship
  • Dancing at weddings and eating/drinking while standing was allowed
  • Unvaccinated citizens were allowed to attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests, funerals with a maximum of 10 people and all places of worship.
  • Singing was prohibited at places of worship

Schools returned with COVID-safe measures on 25 October, as previously announced.

 

Stage Three, 8 November 2021 (brought forward from 1 December)

The following settings applied to fully vaccinated and medically exempted residents. From 8 November 2021, those unvaccinated had to abide by earlier restrictions until NSW reached the 95% double dose target, or 15 December, whichever first.

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • No limit to the number of visitors to a home
  • Density shifted to one person per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor settings
  • No limit on the number of people who could attend outdoor gatherings
  • COVID Safe plans were required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people
  • Community sport was permitted for all people

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • Retail stores and all professional services could operate at 1 person per 2sqm
  • Hospitality venues could operate with 1 person per 2sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking
  • Gyms and recreation facilities could operate (uncapped) with 1 person per 2sqm

Entertainment, information and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities could operate with 1 person per 2sqm
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs could open with 1 person per 4sqm

Weddings, funerals, places of worship

  • 1 person per 2sqm for weddings, funerals and places of worship
  • No restrictions for dancing, eating and drinking at weddings
  • Singing was permitted at places of worship

Travel

  • No restrictions on domestic travel, including Greater Sydney and Regional NSW
  • Carpooling was permitted
  • Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals were altered, with a possible cap on unvaccinated travellers

Masks

  • Masks were mandatory on public transport, planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers. Mask wearing was not required when outdoors

Additional Information

You can access the Premier’s Roadmap to Recovery Media Release here.

You can access the NSW Government’s Roadmap to Recovery factsheet here.

For more information, contact Anthony Benscher on +61 438 439 431, Andrew Humpherson on +61 419 241 587, Nicholas Rigby on +61 468 913 175 or Julia Kokic on +61 405 955 887

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