Covid19 : Sydney to ease out of lockdown

Covid19 : Sydney to ease out of lockdown

Covid19 : Sydney to ease out of lockdown

Australia’s biggest city Sydney is likely to ease out of lockdown from next month, provided a vaccination threshold is reached. The New South Wales (NSW) state capital has been in lockdown since July due to a Delta variant outbreak.

The state government released its much-anticipated “roadmap to freedom” on Thursday. It sets out new freedoms for people once 70% of adults in the state have had two vaccine doses.

From 12.01 AM Saturday 11 September, parts of regional NSW deemed ‘low risk’ will be allowed to leave home and enjoy shopping, pubs, clubs and events. Up to 50 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals, but eating and drinking must be done while seated. Outdoor facilities like stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos will be able to open subject to the 4sqm rule. 

For all other parts of the state, there is currently no change to the essential reasons people are allowed to leave home:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services. You must shop within 5km of home if you are within greater Sydney. Browsing in shops is prohibited, and only one person per household, a day may leave the home for shopping.
  • Medical care or compassionate needs, including getting a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of two, who cannot travel further than 5km from their home or local government area.

At the current vaccination rate, NSW should have vaccinated 80 per cent of its population by November 1.