The New South Wales COVID cabinet will meet this afternoon to discuss whether to fast-track the easing of restrictions at the 80 per cent double vaccination target.
The milestone could be reached as early as this weekend – 76.5 per cent of residents aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.
Travel to the regions could be further delayed as some mayors warn inoculation rates in their towns are lagging behind.
But Premier Dominic Perrottet is still hopeful the next stage of reopening can be brought forward.
The roadmap has seen restrictions tightened in some rural areas that weren’t previously in lockdown.
Hospitality venues in regional areas are no longer allowed to serve unvaccinated customers even though they were allowed to last week.
The changes have caused some to serve takeaway only until the final easing on December 1.