Berejiklian eases lockdown restrictions after vaccine milestone reached


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has slightly eased lockdown restrictions, despite the state reporting a record 1029 cases on Thursday.

From 12.01am on September 13, a number of changes will come into effect for fully vaccinated residents.

People who do not live in a local government area (LGA) of concern will be allowed to have outdoor gatherings of up to five vaccinated people within 5km of their home. This can also include children as long as the adults are inoculated.

For those who live in the LGAs of concern, households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation, including picnics, as long as it’s within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). That’s in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.

Police will be checking the vaccination status of people who are outside from September 13.

Berejiklian had promised to allow extra freedoms to anyone who was fully vaccinated once her state reached six million doses, which occurred one week ahead of schedule.

The premier told the ABC recently that there would be “at least one thing” inoculated people could do once the target was reached.

“I have never suggested that life will be free once we get to six million jabs, but what I have said and will honour is that if you are fully vaccinated there will be at least one thing you can do that you cannot do now, just to give people a bit of relief,” she said.



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