Restrictions will be eased for fully vaccinated residents from Monday after NSW passed the 70 per cent double dose vaccine milestone.
The 5km travel rule will be scrapped but residents from Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast, will not be able to journey to the regions for a holiday. 
“From Monday, we’ll see a number of restrictions ease across NSW and many businesses start to reopen,” Deputy Premier Paul Toole said on Friday.
“Travel will also be allowed between regional local government areas including for holidays for fully vaccinated people. 
“However, it will still be a few more weeks before people from Greater Sydney can travel out to the regions for holidays or recreation.”
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Greater Sydney residents who are fully vaccinated will be able to holiday in the regions once NSW reaches the 80 per cent double dose mark, which is expected in about two weeks.
“We know people are busting to get out and explore the best of the bush – and we look forward to welcoming fully vaccinated travelers, but this is not something we’re going to rush,” Mr Toole said. 
“It’s important we continue to push up vaccination rates before that happens and ensure we keep regional communities safe.”
Mr Toole on Friday also defended changes made to the 70 per cent reopening roadmap, which included increasing household and outdoor gathering limits and permitting indoor pools to reopen.   
“This is a balance between keeping people safe but also opening up the economy,” he said. 
“We have got vaccination rates at 70 per cent now, so people being double-vaxxed is a good outcome because people have come forward, they’ve done the right thing.”
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Changes to the reopening roadmap were revealed on Thursday morning.
Later that day Gareth Ward, the Member for Kiama on the south coast, raised concerns the latest public health orders permitted Greater Sydney residents to visit the regions “so long as that travel isn’t for the purposes of a holiday”.
Mr Toole said the orders were probably not “clear enough” but were being amended on Friday to “to say black and white, that you can’t go from Greater Sydney into the regions and you cannot go from a regional community into Greater Sydney”. 
However, travel from Greater Sydney to the regions is permitted for work, medical, caring and compassionate reasons. 
NSW recorded 646 locally-acquired coronavirus cases and 11 deaths on Friday. 
“We are seeing increases in the regions, highlighting the importance of getting our vaccine coverage levels as high as possible in the regions,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

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