Barton Deakin Brief: updated NSW three stage roadmap to recovery

Date: Oct 2021

Barton Deakin Brief: updated NSW three stage roadmap to recovery

8 October 2021

Overview

The NSW Government’s three-stage roadmap to recovery to return to a new COVID-normal is contingent upon the vaccination thresholds outlined by the Doherty Institute. The first two stages initiate when 70% and 80% of NSW’s population aged 16 years and above are double-vaccinated, respectively, with a third stage set for the 1st of December 2021.

The NSW population 16 years and older reached 70% double-vaccination on the 7th of October with relaxations occurring the first Monday afterwards on the 11th of October, and 80% is expected to be reached approximately one or two weeks later.

Unvaccinated adults are subject to stay-at-home orders until the 1st of December 2021.

Stage One, 70% Coverage (from the 11th of October 2021)

Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses will be lifted. The following guidelines will apply to fully vaccinated and medically exempted residents:

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • Up to 10 visitors in a home where all adults are vaccinated, with up to 30 people outdoors

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

  • Hospitality venues can 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 can reopen under 1 person per 4 sqm, with a cap of 5 clients for personal services
  • Gyms and indoor facilities can reopen under 1 person per 4sqm, with classes of 20
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen
  • Indoor pools can open for swimming lessons, squad, lap swimming and rehabilitation

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities

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

Masks

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

Weddings, funerals, places of worship

  • Up to 100 guests can attend weddings and funerals, with eating/drinking only while seated
  • Dancing will be permitted at weddings
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services

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

Stage Two, 80% Coverage (expected by 25th of October 2021)

The following freedoms will apply to fully vaccinated and medically exempted residents:

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

  • Up to 20 visitors will be allowed in a home, not including children aged 12 and under
  • Up to 50 people can gather in outdoor settings
  • 3000 people allowed at ticketed/seated events
  • Community sport will be permitted

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

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

Major outdoor recreation facilities

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

Entertainment, information, and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities can operate with 1 person per 4sqm, or 75% seated capacity
  • Amusement centres – NSW Health will advise at a later date
  • Nightclubs can open, with seated drinking and no dancing

Travel

  • Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will be permitted
  • Carpooling is permitted, unvaccinated carpooling permitted within their household

Masks

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings except offices, 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
  • Eating/drinking while standing will be allowed
  • Unvaccinated citizens will be allowed to attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests, funerals with a maximum of 10 people and all places of worship.
  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services

Schools will return with COVID-safe measures on the 18th of October for years Kindergarten, 1 and 12, with all remaining years returning to school on the 25th of October.

Stage Three, 1st December 2021

The following settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status:

Indoor/outdoor gatherings

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

Venues – hospitality, retail stores and gyms

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

Entertainment, information and education facilities

  • Entertainment facilities can operate with 1 person per 2sqm
  • Amusement centres and nightclubs can 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 will be permitted at places of worship

Travel

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

Masks

  • Masks will be mandatory on public transport, planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers. Mask wearing will not be 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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