Mr Perrottet appeared on Sky News Australia on Monday morning as his state celebrated its first day of eased restrictions for those who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders will be able to go to the gym, get a haircut and go to the pub for the first time in 106 days.
Asked whether he could promise no more statewide lockdowns, Mr Perrottet said: “Well that’s certainly our intention”.
Premier Dominic Perrottet is hopeful “freedom day” in New South Wales will mark the end of lockdowns in the state. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
“As part of increasing our vaccination rate, we’ve got to live alongside the virus, it’s not going away, the best thing that we can do is protect our people,” he told Sky News host Laura Jayes.
But the Premier cited the federal government’s Doherty report, which mentions that once a state hits 80 per cent double vaccination rate, only “highly targeted” lockdowns will occur.
“We’re certainly following the federal government’s plan, the Doherty Report, which says from time to time there may be the need to impose a targeted restriction in certain areas,” he said.
“… But ultimately, when people are vaccinated, [that’s] the best thing we can do to keep ourselves safe, our families and friends safe alongside us.”
NSW Deputy Premier: ‘We can’t sit back forever, we have to open up’
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole also hinted lockdowns could be sectioned off to a suburb rather than a local government area.
“So if we are starting to see cases where people are being hospitalised, we’re seeing pressure put on hospitals in different localities, we may have to look at different settings,” he told Sky News Australia earlier on Monday.
“It may not be a local government area, it may not be several areas, it may just come down to a locality, so maybe a town, it may be a city, a small community that may have to have different settings going forward but we want to protect people still.”
The state hit the 90 per cent first dose vaccine milestone on Saturday, with 73.5 per cent of the eligible population now fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
Restrictions ease for vaccinated in New South Wales

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