As NSW looks forward to ushering in the “COVID-normal” era in December, unvaccinated people have been warned they will likely remain barred from many venues.
NSW will emerge from lockdown in a fortnight after almost four months of stay-at-home orders for large parts of the state.
In December, public health orders will no longer prevent unvaccinated patrons from intermingling, but Health Minister Brad Hazzard said business owners could still deny them entry.
And those who refused the jab were likely to remain barred from most hospitality and entertainment venues as well as air travel, he said.
Residents of a Manly hotel in Sydney's northern beaches have been asked to test and isolate following exposure in the building.
“The source of the COVID-19 infection is currently under investigation,” a Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said.
NSW on Tuesday reported 863 new local coronavirus cases – dipping below Victoria's 867 daily infections – and seven deaths.
Of the seven people who died, one person was in their 40s, one in their 50s, two in their 70s, two in their 80s and one in their 90s.
It takes the toll for the current outbreak to 316.
Socially-distanced reintroductions to hospitality venues and hairdressers will begin from October 11, at 70 per cent full vaccination coverage.
About two weeks later, the state is expected to reach 80 per cent coverage, triggering additional freedoms and the resumption of regional travel.
These freedoms will only be restored for the fully vaccinated.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says officers won't routinely stop people and ask to see their vaccination passports, but will be available to help business owners who refuse service to anyone.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she'd like Sydney Airport to serve as a funnel for stranded Australians overseas. NSW intends to increase arrival caps at 80 per cent vaccination and remove caps by December.
Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook in NSW have been placed into lockdown for one week while the areas of Tweed, Byron Shire and Kempsey opened up overnight.
There are currently 1155 COVID-19 patients in NSW hospitals, with 213 in intensive care units and 113 on ventilators.
Mr Hazzard said intensive care unit admissions may not reach the dire peaks modelling had previously predicted for October.Internet Explorer Channel Network