Gladys Berejiklian banned anti-vaxxers for longer than advised

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Gladys Berejiklian has defended her decision to ease restrictions for the unvaccinated five weeks after lifting them for the jabbed, saying that delay was longer than recommended by the national roadmap out of lockdown.

The NSW premier announced restrictions would be removed for the unvaccinated when the state hit 90 per cent jabbed – expected on December 1 – whereas the jabbed would have many freedoms restored on October 11.

‘No matter what decision I announced yesterday, I would’ve been criticised,’ she told the ABC on Tuesday.

‘The Doherty report recommended from 80 per cent that unvaccinated people participate in society. We said no, we’re going harder and more conservative.

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‘I anticipate in a couple of weeks’ time, we’ll have at least 90 per cent of the adult population with a first dose. 

‘When you sign up for the first dose, you’re going to sign up for the second one.’

Ms Berejiklian released the state’s path out of lockdown on Monday, revealing what restrictions would be dropped once 80 per cent of NSW residents were double-vaccinated.

They will come into effect the Monday after the vaccination milestone is met – which is expected to be reached on October 25.

Up to 10 people will be allowed to visit a home and friends can meet in groups of 20 outdoors while community sport will also resume among other new freedoms.

But those who have not been vaccinated will be forced to wait until December 1 before they can indulge in the same activities.

Ms Berejiklian refuted critics who said opening up to the unvaccinated five weeks after the 80 per cent mark was reached was too early and removed the incentive for them to get the jab.

‘We’ve been very conservative because many reports say that at 80 per cent double-dosed you should consider opening up to the unvaccinated and we’ve said no,’ she told the Today show.

‘We’re likely to hit that 80 per cent figure in October. We’re saying you won’t be allowed to do anything then. 

‘You’ll have to wait at least another month, four or five weeks in fact, before you can start integrating into society.’

Ms Berejiklian said although state bans on the unvaccinated would remain until December 1, she anticipated many businesses would enforce their own restrictions beyond that date.

‘A lot of organisations already have mandatory vaccination programs in place,’ she told Sunrise.

‘Even though the government is saying unvaccinated people might have other rights from December 1, a lot of airlines have said they will not carry anybody who is not vaccinated. A lot of businesses have said they will not accept anyone was unvaccinated.

‘Life for the unvaccinated will be very difficult indefinitely.’

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Ms Berejiklian doubled down on this prediction on Today minutes later.

‘Even though the government has said in our regulated environment, unvaccinated people will start forming part of society, a lot of private businesses have already said, “not for us, thank you”, and unvaccinated people have to come to terms with that,’ she said.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller earlier said police would not be demanding to see proof of vaccination, and that it was up to businesses to enforce that.

‘We will not be walking through restaurants and cafes and pubs checking if people are double vaccinated,’ he told 2GB radio on Tuesday.

‘We will certainly be assisting restaurant owners and shop owners if they are refusing entry to someone then we will certainly respond to assist those people.

‘The role for police going forward in terms of vaccination won’t be stopping people asking to see their vaccination passport.’ 

NSW’s roadmap to freedom 

Restrictions eased at 80 per cent: 

Gladys Berejiklian has released a roadmap revealing the new freedoms that will be granted to residents when 80 per cent of NSW is double jabbed. 

The below restrictions will only be eased for fully-vaccinated residents. 

Home and outdoor public space gatherings: 

-Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).  

-Up to 20 people can continue to gather in unregulated outdoor settings. 

-Up to 200 people can attend COVID Safe events. 

-Up to 500 people can attend controlled (ticketed and seated) events  Community sport permitted.

-Those who are not fully vaccinated may only gather outdoors in groups of 2 people. 

Hospitality venues, retail stores and gyms: 

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-Retail stores can operate at one person per 4 sqm (those who are not fully vaccinated will continue to only have access to non-critical retail via click-andcollect).  

-Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage) can operate with one person per 4 sqm (uncapped). 

-Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 4 sqm inside and one person per 2 sqm outside, with the requirement to be seated while drinking indoors removed. Group bookings will be limited to 20 people. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only access hospitality settings for takeaway.  

-Gyms and indoor recreation facilities (excluding indoor pools) can operate with one person per 4sqm, capped at 20 people per class. 

Major outdoor recreation facilities:

-Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 4 sqm, capped at 5,000 people (or by exemption). 

Entertainment, information and education facilities:

-Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 4 sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (whichever is larger).  

-Information and education facilities (including libraries, galleries and museums) can operate with one person per 4 sqm.  

-Amusement centres and nightclubs will remain closed.

Working from home:

-Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home, if reasonably practicable.  

-Employers must require employees who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable. 

Education:

-Return to school with COVID Safe measures on 25 October (as previously announced). 

Weddings, funerals and places of worship: 

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-One person per 4sqm (uncapped) for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend weddings with a maximum of 5 guests (no receptions). 

-One person per 4 sqm (uncapped) for funerals. Those who are not fully vaccinated may only attend funerals with a maximum of 10 people.  

-Churches and places of worship can continue to open with one person per 4 sqm, with no singing. Those who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed.  

Travel:

-Unrestricted trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW will be permitted.  

-Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate, including for those who are not fully vaccinated. 

-Carpooling is permitted. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only carpool with their household. 

Masks:

-Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings, except children under 12.  

-Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors.

More restrictions eased on December 1 

More restrictions will be eased on December 1. This time, the new freedoms will apply to all residents, regardless of vaccination status. 

Home and outdoor gatherings:

-No limit on the number of visitors to a home  

-Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings  No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

-COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people  Community sport permitted for all people. 

Hospitality venues, retail stores and gyms:

-Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm 

-Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm  

-Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking  

-Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped)  

-Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm 

Major outdoor recreation facilities:

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-Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm. 

Entertainment, information and education facilities: 

-Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm  

-Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm  

-Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm

Working from home:

-Working from home will be at employer’s discretion 

Education: 

-All year groups return to face-to-face learning.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

-One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing  

-One person per 2 sqm for funerals  

-Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted. 

Travel:

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-Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW  Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate  

-Carpooling is permitted  

-Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain. 

Masks:

-Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers.  

-Mask wearing is not required when outdoors. 

 

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