Covid-19 Australia: Change to rules restrictions for fully-vaccinated from November 8


Millions living in New South Wales will enjoy a near return to normality from Monday, with the final easing of nearly all Covid restrictions other than mask wearing.

Under the previously flagged changes, there will be no limit on home visitors and dancing will be allowed in nightclubs. 

Hospitality venue density limits move to one person per two square metres, while stadiums, racecourses, theme parks, zoos, cinemas and theatres can operate at 100 per cent of their fixed-seated capacity.

Unvaccinated NSW residents, however, have to wait until December 15 or when the state reaches a 95 per cent double-vaccination rate to enjoy greater freedoms.

It comes as the state government begins talks to have children given Covid vaccines in classrooms, hoping to speed up the rollout before the Christmas holidays.

NSW will return to virtually normal life with restrictions easing on Monday, but only for the fully-vaccinated (pictured, pubgoers at The Rocks on November 2)

NSW will return to virtually normal life with restrictions easing on Monday, but only for the fully-vaccinated (pictured, pubgoers at The Rocks on November 2)

In the US, vaccines are being given out to children as young as five, but in Australia you have to be 12 to get the jab – leaving unvaccinated young children stuck enduring two weeks of quarantine if they come into contact with a positive case.

The state government also revealed Sydney’s mass Covid-19 vaccination hub at Qudos Bank Arena will be closed, while protesters have gathered across NSW. 

Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the centre would shut its doors on Sunday, after delivering more than 360,000 vaccine doses since opening on August 9.

The arena will return to hosting sport and entertainment events from Monday.

Mr Perrottet said it was an important milestone in the state’s vaccination program, as it transitions to giving booster shots to adults who received their second jab six months ago.

From Monday there is no limit for wedding receptions, with dancing allowed and drinking allowed standing up (pictured, a Sydney wedding on September 3)

From Monday there is no limit for wedding receptions, with dancing allowed and drinking allowed standing up (pictured, a Sydney wedding on September 3)

‘It is very clear that this booster program here in our state is going to be critical in order to keep people safe and ensure we can keep NSW open,’ he said while touring the new Granville Centre vaccination clinic.

The centre in Sydney’s west can deliver up to 1000 vaccine doses a day and will open on Monday, when restrictions ease across the state for vaccinated people. 

Hundreds of protesters largely dressed in white came together in spots such as Parramatta, the Central Coast, Wollongong and Coolangatta on the Queensland-NSW border as part of ‘Reclaim The Line’ rallies on Sunday, opposing vaccine mandates.

NSW is on the brink of hitting 90 per cent full vaccination of people aged 16 and over, with 89.8 per cent now double-dosed.

Clubs will now allow dancing for the first time since Sydney went into lockdown in June (pictured, the Imperial in Erskineville on October 13)

Clubs will now allow dancing for the first time since Sydney went into lockdown in June (pictured, the Imperial in Erskineville on October 13)

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the closure of Qudos Bank Arena would not lead to a further slowdown of the state’s vaccination rate.

‘We’re now in the tougher end of the vaccination (program) … where people who have been reluctant for a variety of reasons are now contemplating whether or not they should be vaccinated,’ he said.

‘They are coming forward but they’re coming forward more slowly.’

It comes as another 244 local COVID-19 cases were reported in NSW along with one death, an unvaccinated man in his 60s from Albury who died at Melbourne’s Box Hill Hospital.

His death brings the state’s toll throughout the pandemic to 593, with 537 of those coming from the current Delta outbreak.

There are 269 patients battling the virus in hospitals across the state, 52 of whom are in intensive care.

Stadiums will be allowed to hold seated patrons at 100 per cent capacity (pictured, CommBank Stadium in Sydney on October 26)

Stadiums will be allowed to hold seated patrons at 100 per cent capacity (pictured, CommBank Stadium in Sydney on October 26)

Covid-19 continues to spread in regional NSW, with more than half of new infections outside Sydney.

Of the 244 local cases reported to 8pm on Saturday, 77 were detected in the Hunter New England health district, 20 on the mid north coast, 17 in Murrumbidgee and nine in western NSW.

Virus fragments were also detected in samples collected from other regional areas where there are no recent known cases, including Bermagui, Moruya, Young, Gulargambone and Cobar.

Anyone in these areas with symptoms is urged to immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

CHANGES TO NSW COVID RULES FROM NOVEMBER 8

All the below only applies to those who are fully-vaccinated

VISITING FRIENDS AND FAMILY 

– No limits to the number of visitors to your home

– All visitors allowed to aged care or disability homes in line with their own policies 

– No limits to outdoor public gatherings or recreation

EXERCISE AND RECREATION

– Indoor pools reopen for all purposes

RESTAURANTS AND HOSPITALITY  

– No booking limits for restaurants and hospitality  

– Density limit doubles to 1 person per 2sqm indoors and outdoors

 ENTERTAINMENT

– Nightclubs and strip clubs open with dancing allowed 

– Brothels can reopen and at-home sex services can resume 

– No capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities 

– Stadiums, theme parks, cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries, museums and racecourses subject to 1 person per 2sqm density limits or 100% fixed seated capacity

– Singing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors 

WEDDINGS AND RELIGIOUS SERVICES

– Weddings with no limit on guests

– No limit for wedding receptions, with dancing allowed and drinking allowed standing up

– No limits for funerals

– Places of worship open with 1 person per 2sqm density limit 



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