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Covid NSW: Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says police will stop Sydneysiders visiting the regions

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The top NSW agent has revealed that the police will use special technology to ensure that Sydneysiders do not visit the regions until Covid travel restrictions are fully relaxed.

Locked areas of NSW reopened Monday after the state broke its long-awaited 70 percent double dose vaccination target, which would now allow residents to travel more than 3 miles from their homes if they have received two Covid vaccines.

But while city dwellers can explore Greater Sydney — including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast or Shellharbour — they’ll have to wait until the 80 percent mark before traveling within the state.

Police have warned that they will crack down on rule-breakers in the regions earlier than planned after hundreds flocked to Sydney’s beaches over the weekend – hours before ‘Freedom Day’.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said highway patrol vehicles are equipped with license plate recognition technology that will be used to recognize motorists off the premises.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has warned police will crack down on Sydneysiders trapped in the regions before the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target is met

“The cars from Greater Sydney, if they’re in regional NSW, our license plate recognition will pick it up,” he told the Today show on Monday.

“They can read eight license plates per second.”

Commissioner Fuller said police have used the method to identify cars outside their 5km bubble during the lockdown.

While restrictions are being eased, Commissioner Fuller said penalties will be handed out to people who ignore public health regulations before they are relaxed.

‘We are still writing 300 tickets a day for people who violate health regulations’ [but] I predict this will ease in the coming weeks with the easing of restrictions, but we will maintain health regulations,” he said.

“I don’t want the community to misunderstand my message. We will continue to act against beach offenders.’

After 106 days in lockdown, nearly 63,000 Covid cases and 431 deaths, stay-at-homes were lifted across NSW on Monday after the state hit the 70 percent double dose milestone midway through last week.

Commissioner Fuller said highway patrol vehicles will use license plate recognition technology to detect drivers beyond their travel limit.  Pictured: NSW police officers patrol a border checkpoint in July 2020

Commissioner Fuller said highway patrol vehicles will use license plate recognition technology to detect drivers beyond their travel limit. Pictured: NSW police officers patrol a border checkpoint in July 2020

Covid-19 restrictions eased in NSW on Monday after state hit 70 percent double-dose vaccination target

Covid-19 restrictions eased in NSW on Monday after state hit 70 percent double-dose vaccination target

While Sydneysiders are banned from traveling within the state until the state has fully vaccinated the 80 percent rate, those outside the Harbor City are free to move around the regions.

Under relaxed restrictions, ten double-dose visitors are now allowed to enter the house and 30 are allowed to gather outside.

The original roadmap of ousted state leader Gladys Berejiklian had previously set the limit at five indoors and 20 outdoors, but just 24 hours after he was sworn into office, Perrottet called for capacity limits to be increased.

He also doubled the number of vaccinated guests allowed to attend weddings and funerals, where 100 people could participate in the ceremony but had to remain seated while eating and drinking.

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Hundreds gathered in Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) before being dispersed by police

Regional residents of NSW (pictured) are free to travel within the state, but Sydneysiders must remain in Greater Sydney until the 80 percent double dose milestone is reached later this month

Regional residents of NSW (pictured) are free to travel within the state, but Sydneysiders must remain in Greater Sydney until the 80 percent double dose milestone is reached later this month

Face masks are no longer required outdoors, with the exception of hospitality workers who actively serve customers, but must still be worn indoors except when eating or drinking.

Gyms, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, non-essential shops, libraries and churches are allowed to operate under the one person per 4 sqm rule, but nightclubs will remain closed.

Hairdressers and beauticians can also welcome vaccinated clients, but a maximum of five may be on the premises at a time.

Gyms can open with up to 20 customers per class, while stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can hold up to 5,000 visitors.

Indoor entertainment facilities such as cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4 m² or 75 percent fixed seating capacity.

Further restrictions will be eased later this month once NSW reaches 80 percent vaccination, before liberties open to the unvaccinated from December 1.

WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?

TRIP:

If you’ve had both vaccinations, you can now travel past the 5km bubble.

Sydneysiders can now move anywhere in the Harbor City, as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast or Shellharbour.

Those who live in regional areas are free to travel throughout the state.

But intrastate travel between Sydney and regional areas is still a no-go.

DRINKING AND GOING OUT:

Residents with a double dose can now return to the pub with the rule of one person per square meter.

Dancing and getting up indoors is still prohibited, and nightclubs keep their doors closed

FRIENDS AND FAMILY SEE:

You can also have up to 10 friends in their house or get together with 30 outside.

DINING ROOM:

You are now free to get a table in your favorite cafe or restaurant, where the rule of one person per m² also applies.

Again, only the fully vaccinated are allowed

GYMING:

Gyms are now open to fully vaccinated with up to 20 people allowed to train indoors or in a class.

STORES:

You can again browse your favorite stores with stores that are allowed to operate under the one person per square meter rule.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Catch a movie in the cinema where all indoor entertainment facilities are allowed to trade at 75 percent capacity.

This means that theaters are also open, as are museums.

BEAUTY AND HAIR:

Personal services such as haircuts are also allowed with five people in the salon.

Nail salons, hairdressers and massage parlors will also be open.

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