Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Rules for 80%

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The state’s rapid rate of second dose vaccinatio­ns — which reached 80 per cent across the state at the weekend — allowed the next stage of reopening to begin on Monday. These are the newest freedoms for the fully vaccinated:

Community sport resumes;

20 fully vaccinated visitors allowed at homes;

The cap on attendees at weddings and funerals has been removed;

Masks are no longer required in offices, but they are required for front-of-house hospitalit­y staff;

Both drinking while standing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors at hospitalit­y venues.

From November 1, even more rules will be relaxed, as follows:

Bookings for hospitalit­y venues will no longer be capped;

Quarantine requiremen­ts and caps will be removed for overseas arrivals who the Commonweal­th Government recognises as fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine. Fully vaccinated travellers already in quarantine will also complete their quarantine requiremen­ts on November 1, even if it is less than 14-days.

Overseas arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be capped at 210 people per week, and will be required to undergo mandatory 14-days hotel quarantine;

Travel between Greater Sydney Regional NSW will also be permitted;

The NSW Government has deferred the second taper of the JobSaver program until October 31. Eligible regional businesses will receive 30 per cent of weekly payroll, before tapering payments to the scheduled 15 per cent from November 1.

Further restrictio­ns will be relaxed from December 1. Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the tough decision had been made to delay travel between Regional NSW and Greater Sydney, with the NSW Government extending the JobSaver program for regional businesses. By 1 November, it’s expected more than 77 per cent of regional residents will be fully vaccinated.

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