NSW Covid: All of the rules that change from December 15


NSW has removed another rule as major changes to masks, density limits and check-ins at venues come into effect in NSW.

NSW has removed another rule as major changes to masks, density limits and check-ins at venues will come into effect today in the state.

Unveiled as part of an updated road map by Premier Dominic Perrottet last month, restrictions will also align for all NSW residents – no matter their vaccination status.

Currently, around 93 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer, providing a boost for some of our hardest [hit] industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with Covid,” Mr Perrottet has said.

Overnight, NSW announced it will also remove the requirement to hotel quarantine for two weeks for travellers from southern Africa after concerns over the Omicron variant.

Fully vaccinated arrivals from the eight southern African countries of concern will no longer have to enter 14 days hotel quarantine from 6am, bringing all international arrivals under the same requirements.

Fully vaccinated people from the countries of concern who are already in hotel quarantine will have to remain there until at least 72 hours after their arrival in NSW.

Any passengers arriving from overseas aged 18 years and over who are not fully vaccinated must go directly into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said all fully vaccinated international arrivals must also still self-isolate for 72-hours. They must not leave self-isolation (except for seeking PCR test) until 72 hours have passed and they have a negative result from a test taken within the first 24 hours of arrival.

They must avoid high-risk settings for seven days and have a PCR test both within 24 hours of arrival and on day six.

Authorities have warned the road map may be “finetuned” as they monitor the situation over the coming weeks, with case numbers once again back on the rise in parts of NSW.

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With that in mind, here’s what will change tomorrow for everyone across the state.

Will I still have to wear a face mask?

One of the most maligned rules of the pandemic will be rolled back in a big way on Wednesday.

Face masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for unvaccinated front-of-house hospitality staff.

While NSW Health strongly recommends that masks continue to be worn in rideshare scenarios, an Uber spokeswoman told news.com.au masks will remain mandatory when using the service.

They’ll remain strongly encouraged in settings where you can’t socially distance – like at the shops – but will no longer be mandatory.

They’ll no longer be required in outdoor settings.

Do I still have to check in?

Only at certain “high risk” venues.

From tomorrow, QR codes will only be required at the likes of hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, pubs, small bars and registered clubs, strip clubs and at personal services, like hairdressers and beauty salons.

What about showing proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for most activities, including going out for a meal or shopping at non-essential retail.

However, the measure could be restricted by vaccination rules set by individual businesses.

Proof of vaccination will also remain in place for indoor music festivals with more 1000 people and cruises with more than 100 passengers.

International travellers who don’t have both jabs will also still need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to isolate – but must do a PCR test and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.

Density limits scrapped for cafes and restaurants

Density limits (aka the 2 sqm rule) will be scrapped for cafes and restaurants.

They’ll also be removed for seated major events, music festivals with up to 20,000 people, and private events like weddings and funerals.

And there will no longer be a limit on the number of people allowed in hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours and spas at any one time.

How many people can I have over to my house?

Similar to the density limits, there’ll no longer be a set number of visitors you can have to your home.

There’s also no limit on the number of people allowed at an outdoor public gathering.

And all visitors will now be permitted to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes, in line with their policies.

What about intrastate travel?

Any NSW resident, regardless of vaccination status, will be permitted to travel between Greater Sydney and the state’s regions.

Carpooling will also be permitted for all once again.

Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open.

Is community sport allowed again?

Community sports are permitted for all staff, spectators and participants.

There will be no person limit in gyms, or at indoor recreation and sporting facilities.

Indoor swimming pools will also be open for all purposes.

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