NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has praised Sydneysiders for their “determination and courage” throughout Greater Sydney’s 15-week lockdown after the state’s economy reopened on Monday.

Cafes, pubs, restaurants, gyms and hair salons were among a host of hot ticket items, with residents relishing the easing of lockdown restrictions at midnight yesterday.

“The people of NSW, in particular Sydney, have done an incredible job over the last day; I think they’ve shown the same determination and courage that they’ve exhibited over the last 15 weeks, over the last 24 hours,” the Opposition leader told Sky News Australia.

“93 per cent of people in a place like Blacktown have received at least one dose of the vaccination, so people in Sydney have really rolled their sleeves up and gotten with it over the last two months, and they’re showing that sense of common sense and decency for retail workers and restauranteurs and café owners, going back and spending their money and treating people with decency.

“So I’m really encouraged with what we’ve seen over the last 24 hours, and I’m confident it will continue because people in this state genuinely want to get back to normal life and seeing their family and friends and going out and enjoying themselves.”

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