Mr Frydenberg told Sky News Australia “it’s very much a tale of two cities” as Greater Sydney was freed from lockdown on Monday, while Melbourne continues to experience the longest COVID-19 shutdown in the world.
“The first thing is the people of Victoria have done it so tough. We’ve had the longest lockdown anywhere in the world. That is quite a remarkable statistic in Melbourne,” Mr Frydenberg told host Peter Stefanovic.
“I’d like to see the people of Victoria get the same freedoms as the people of NSW on the same timetable because Victorians have given up so much.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says it’s “very much a tale of two cities”. Picture: Getty Images
“It’s very much a tale of two cities. While people in NSW are rightly celebrating today and enjoying the freedoms that have come back with those higher vaccination rates. The people of Melbourne and Victoria are still suffering under these very stringent restrictions.”
The Treasurer said there is a “good case” for Victoria to open up in a COVID-safe way, calling for schools to resume face-to-face learning and for the curfew to be scrapped.
According to federal government data from Saturday October 9, 85.5 per cent of the eligible Victorian population have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 58.6 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Metropolitan Melbourne will also emerge from lockdown at 70 per cent double dose, with further social and recreation activities to be allowed for the fully vaccinated. View Victoria’s roadmap here. 
NSW Deputy Premier: ‘We can’t sit back forever, we have to open up’
Mr Frydenberg’s comments came as restaurants, pubs and cafes in NSW reopened for dine-in service to the fully vaccinated on Monday after the state reached 70 per cent vaccination coverage last week.
Fitness lovers are also allowed to return to the gym, 10 people can visit a home, while weddings and funerals can host up to 100 people.
“It’s opened up safely and let’s not look back,” Mr Frydenberg said of NSW on Monday morning.
“Today’s changes in NSW is the product of a record number of people in that state getting the jab.
“90 per cent of people have had a first dose, that’s a remarkable effort and the people of NSW should be congratulated.”
Restrictions ease for vaccinated in New South Wales
The Treasurer said Monday also marks a “big day” for Australia as NSW shows the rest of the country how to live with the virus.
“NSW’s success will be Australia’s success,” he said.
“I’ve thought for quite a while now that these lockdowns and their effectiveness are diminishing by the day and that’s why we need to learn to live with the virus, we can’t eliminate it.
“The COVID genie is out of the bottle and that’s particularly so with Delta.”
The mood in Sydney ‘is one of excitement’
From the Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions in NSW will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:
10-visitor limit in your home
access Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities
group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.
all premises will operate at one person per four sqm indoors and one person per two sqm outdoors.
People under the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated are allowed unaccompanied in their workplaces and all outdoor settings, but must be with a fully vaccinated member of their household in hospitality venues (unless collecting takeaways), entertainment facilities, major recreation facilities and places of worship, unless they work at the venue.
For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
View the full list of the eased restrictions here.

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