What happens when NSW reaches 80% double vaccination...

It is expected that NSW will reach 80% vaccination rate over the weekend of 16 & 17 October, meaning that from Monday 18 October the 80% stage of reopening NSW Road Map will come into play.

From the Monday after NSW hits the 80% (aged 16 and over) double-dose vaccination target, the following eased restrictions will apply those who are fully vaccinated. If you are yet to receive your second or first dose of the vaccine stay at home orders will still apply with a reasonable excuse required to leave home. In regional NSW workers who have received a single does of vaccine are permitted to return to the workplace, if it is not reasonable for them to work from home, however full vaccination is required by 1 November.

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).

  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

  • COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends

  • Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).

  • Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to 50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).

  • Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation

  • Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.

  • No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.

  • Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, training and rehab activities.

  • Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.


Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).

  • No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.

  • Sex services premises reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality

  • Hospitality open with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • From 1 November bookings for hospitality venues will no longer be capped.

  • No singing indoors (except for performers).

  • Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs).

  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.

Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

  • Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment

  • Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and race courses) open with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.

  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.

  • Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.

  • COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.

  • Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.

  • Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.

Weddings and religious services

  • Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.

  • Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply.

  • Funerals permitted with no person limit (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.

  • Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.

Travel and transport

  • Travel for holidays and recreational visits including day trips between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Carpooling permitted (restrictions remain for people who are not fully vaccinated).

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds open (including people who are not fully vaccinated).

If you need assistance or have any concerns please reach out to my office via email maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 4933 1617.

Please note as my office continues to experience a very high volume of contact there may be a delay in replying to your questions and concerns via facebook and messenger.

You can also contact Service NSW they have a team who operate 24/7 and are dedicated to answering all your questions surrounding the COVID-19 rules and roadmap stages you can call them on 13 77 88.

Information retried from https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/80-percent 15 October, 2021 at 2:30pm.