Under New South Wales’ roadmap out of lockdown, travelling to the regions would resume once the state hit the vaccine milestone.
But it is understood the COVID cabinet – formally the crisis cabinet – has decided to push the date back until at least October 25 despite vaccination rates creeping towards the 80 per cent mark which will most likely be hit on Friday or over the weekend.
Vaccination rates in the regions are the main concern for prematurely reopening travel.
While Commonwealth data shows that the state’s double dose vaccination rate currently sits at 77.8 per cent, some regions in NSW’s north and west are lagging behind the metropolitan areas.
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Deputy Premier Paul Toole said on Thursday that the government must balance the need to reopen the economy with keeping regional NSW safe.
“I mean, regional areas, we want to welcome visitors back into our communities. But we also don’t want to see the virus getting out of control, seeing hospitalisations in those communities. We need to make sure it’s a balanced approach,” he said.
The cabinet has also discussed the restrictions which are expected to be eased on Monday.
Premier Dominic Perrottet stressed on Thursday his government had “made commitments in relation to the 80 per cent double dose”.
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“It looks like, based on the efforts that everyone’s made across the state, that we’ll hit that target over the weekend and that’s incredibly positive,” he told reporters.
“But there have been concerns about the different pace of the vaccine rollout particularly in regional NSW.”
New South Wales is on track to hit the 80 per cent double dose mark by Friday – if the current trends continue – which will mean restrictions will be eased on Monday, October 18.
Under the state’s roadmap out of lockdown further restrictions will be eased on the Monday after the state reaches the 80 per cent mark.
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Here is what the fully vaccinated can do once 80 per cent double-dose is reached:
Density limits
One person per 4sqm indoors and one person per 2sqm outside.
Masks and QR codes:
Are required for all indoor settings including public transport.
No longer required for workers in office buildings but unvaccinated people will need to wear masks.
Not needed for people in outdoor settings.
COVID-safe check-ins and vaccination certificates required for staff and customers.
Visiting family and friends:
Twenty visitors (excluding children) can visit a home at any one time.
Outdoor recreation and gatherings increased to 50. A two person limit for those who are not fully vaccinated.
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Exercise and recreation:
Gyms, indoor, sporting and recreation facilities opened under density limits with up to 20 people in classes.
No limits on distance for exercise and recreation.
Community sport to return for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and players.
Shopping and personal services:
Non-critical retail returns with density limits for the fully vaccinated while click and collect on offer for the unvaccinated.
No customer limit for personal services such as hairdressers and beauticians but density limits still apply.
Hospitality venues:
Takeaway only for people who are unvaccinated while 20 people per booking allowed for the fully vaccinated.
Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors and drinking is allowed while standing up and sitting down.
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Events and Entertainment:
Recreation facilities including stadiums and theme parks to open with a limit of 5000 people.
Entertainment facilities to reopen with density limits of 75 per cent seated capacity.
Information and education facilities including libraries to reopen with density limits.
Outdoor gatherings allowed up to 200 people with COVID-safe protocols.
Ticketed outdoor gatherings allowed to host 3000 people with density limits.
Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.
Weddings and religious services:
Wedding ceremonies are permitted to take place without limits on attendance (for people who are fully vaccinated) while density limits and a five person limit on unvaccinated guests will apply.
Wedding receptions will not have capacity limits (for people who are fully vaccinated) with eating and drinking allowed while standing, dancing allowed with density limits.
Funerals are permitted with no capacity limits (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.
Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits. 
When will unvaccinated people be allowed the same freedoms as those who are fully vaccinated?
Unvaccinated residents will be given the same freedoms on December 1.

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