Density limits will end for venues including hospitality, non-critical retail and places of worship when NSW reaches a 95 per cent full vaccination rate for people aged 16 and up or on December 15, whichever comes first.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier Paul Toole released a statement this afternoon regarding “adjustments” to the state’s road map for easing COVID-19 restrictions.
The scrapping of density limits replaces the one person per two square metres rule. Masks will also only be required on public transport, planes and at airports, and for indoor front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.
Previously, masks were still going to be required for all indoor front-of-house hospitality staff regardless of vaccination status.
Masks will remain strongly encouraged in settings where social distancing is not possible.
Business COVID safety plans will become optional and will be supported by SafeWork NSW and the state government says QR code check-ins will only be required at high-risk venues.
The examples given of high-risk venues include hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services such as hairdressers and beauty salons, and limited hospitality settings including pubs, small bars, clubs and nightclubs.
QR codes and proof of vaccination will also be required for indoor music festivals with more than 1000 attendees.
Under the December stage of the road map, proof of vaccination will no longer be required by public health order for most activities.
However, businesses can still require proof at their own discretion. First-dose coronavirus vaccination coverage for the population aged 16 and over in NSW is 94.48 per cent, and 92.18 per cent have received both doses.
For 12- to 15-year-olds, 81.12 per cent have had one dose and 76.05 per cent have had two doses.