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Coronavirus Australia: NSW regional towns Taree, Forster, Gunnedah plunged into lockdown


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s freedom plan kicks off after state doubles 70 percent of adults

Meetings in the home and public areas

· A maximum of five visitors are allowed in a house where all adults have been vaccinated (not including children aged 12 and under).

· Up to 20 people can gather outside.

Locations including catering, shops and gyms

· Catering establishments can open again provided one person per 4 m² inside and one person per 2 m² outside, standing and drinking is allowed outside.

· Shops can reopen under the rule of one person per 4 m² (unvaccinated people only have access to critical shops).

· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail studios are allowed to open with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of five customers per building.

· Gyms and indoor recreational facilities are allowed to open under the rule of one person per 4 m² and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

· Sports facilities including swimming pools can open again.

Stadiums, theaters and large outdoor recreational facilities

· Major outdoor recreational facilities, including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos, may be reopened with one person per 4 m², with a maximum of 5,000 people.

· Up to 500 people can attend outdoor events with tickets and seating.

· Indoor entertainment and information facilities, including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries, may reopen with one person per 4 m² or 75 percent fixed seating capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

· Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, dancing is allowed and eating and drinking only while seated.

· Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, eat and drink seated.

· Churches and places of worship may be opened for one person per line of 4 m², without singing.


· Domestic travel, including travel to regional NSW, is permitted.

· Caravan parks and camping areas are allowed to open.

· Carpooling is allowed.

Unvaccinated youths under the age of 16 have access to all outdoor environments, but can only visit indoor sites with members of their household.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.

There will be revised guidelines on isolation for close and informal contacts who have been fully vaccinated, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.


· Masks remain mandatory for all indoor public places, including public transportation, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on airplanes and at airports.

· Only catering staff is obliged to wear a mouth mask outside.

· Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask indoors.


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