NSW Covid: All Rules Changing From December 15
NSW has removed another rule as major changes to masks, density limits and site registrations take effect in NSW.
NSW has removed another rule as major changes to masks, density limits and site recordings take effect today in the state.
Unveiled as part of a roadmap updated by Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet last month, the restrictions will also line up for all NSW residents, regardless of their vaccination status.
Currently, about 93 percent of the eligible population is fully immunized.
“Relaxing these restrictions will allow people to go out and enjoy the summer, giving some of our pickiest people a boost. [hit] industries because we do all we can to keep people safe as we learn to live with Covid, âsaid Perrottet.
Overnight, NSW announced it would also remove the requirement to quarantine hotels for two weeks for travelers to Southern Africa after concerns over the Omicron variant.
Fully vaccinated arrivals from the eight Southern African countries of concern will no longer have to enter a 14-day hotel quarantine from 6 a.m., which will subject all international arrivals to the same requirements.
Fully vaccinated people from affected countries who are already in quarantine at the hotel will need to stay there until at least 72 hours after arriving in NSW.
All arriving overseas passengers aged 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated must go directly to mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kerry Chant said all fully vaccinated international arrivals must also self-isolate for 72 hours. They should not leave self-isolation (except to request a PCR test) until 72 hours have passed and they have a negative result on a test performed within 24 hours of arrival.
They must avoid high-risk environments for seven days and undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and on day six.
Authorities have warned the roadmap could be ‘fine-tuned’ as they monitor the situation over the coming weeks, with the number of cases on the rise again in parts of New South Wales.
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With that in mind, here’s what will change tomorrow for everyone across the state.
Do I always have to wear a face mask?
One of the pandemic’s most maligned rules will be drastically rescinded on Wednesday.
Face masks will only be required on public transport and airplanes, at airports and for unvaccinated reception staff.
While NSW Health strongly recommends that masks continue to be worn in carpooling scenarios, an Uber spokeswoman told news.com.au that masks will remain mandatory when using the service.
They will remain strongly encouraged in environments where you cannot socially distance yourself – such as in stores – but will no longer be required.
They will no longer be needed outdoors.
Do I still have to register?
Only at certain “high risk” sites.
From tomorrow, QR codes will only be required in hospitals, nursing homes for the elderly and disabled, gymnasiums, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, pubs, small bars and clubs registered, strip clubs and personal services, such as hairdressers and beauty salons.
What if you show proof of vaccination?
Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most activities, including going out for a meal or shopping at a non-essential retail location.
However, the measure could be limited by vaccination rules set by individual companies.
Proof of vaccination will also remain in place for indoor music festivals of more than 1,000 people and cruises of more than 100 passengers.
International travelers who do not have both jabs will also need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate, but will need to take a PCR test and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth of Nations.
Density limits removed for cafes and restaurants
Density limits (ie the 2 mÂ² rule) will be removed for cafes and restaurants.
They will also be removed for large seated events, music festivals for up to 20,000 people and private events like weddings and funerals.
And there will no longer be a limit on the number of people allowed in hair salons, beauty salons, tattoo parlors and spas at any time.
How many people can I have in my house?
Similar to density limits, there will no longer be a set number of visitors that you can have in your home.
There is also no limit to the number of people allowed at an outdoor public gathering.
And all visitors will now be allowed residents of elderly care facilities and homes for the disabled, in accordance with their policies.
What about intra-state travel?
Any New South Wales resident, regardless of vaccination status, will be permitted to travel between Greater Sydney and areas of the state.
Car pooling will also be authorized again for all.
Caravan parks and campgrounds remain open.
Is community sport allowed again?
Community sports are permitted for all staff, spectators and participants.
There will be no limit of people in gymnasiums or indoor recreational and sports facilities.
The indoor swimming pools will also be open for all purposes.