Changes to NSW Roadmap to Recovery announced

As the state reaches its 70 percent target, changes to the three-state recovery out of lockdown have been announced, including those for events and venues.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has this morning announced changes to NSW’s Roadmap to Reopening, as the state reaches its 70 percent full vaccination target.

From Monday 11 October, fully vaccinated adults will be able to enjoy more freedoms, with a number of restrictions eased, such as increasing the number of visitors to a home from five to 10, lifting the cap on outdoor gatherings from 20 to 30, and increasing the cap for weddings and funerals from 50 to 100.

Sticking to the three-tiered plan, on the Monday after the 80 percent full vaccination target is reached, restrictions for the fully vaccinated will ease even more, including those for venues and events.

For events, the cap for controlled and ticketed outdoor events will be lifted from 500 to 3,000.

Speaking at this morning press conference, Minister for Jobs, Investment, and Tourism, Stuart Ayres said that the NSW Government is prioritising COVID safe events and outdoor activities.

“We want to make sure that where events and activities can happen outdoors, the roadmap allows us to do that, which is why there’s an adjustment particularly for controlled, fenced, ticketed COVID safe events from 500 people to 3,000 – we want to be able to prioritse and allow those events to take place,” Minister Ayres said.

As the state continues to get fully vaccinated and the economy reopens, the roadmap will be updated with today’s amendments to clearly articulate information for businesses and event organisers.

“Event holders, who are looking at events across the summer, want to know how they can hire everything from a small venue right through to the largest venue we have in the state, and we’re clearly articulating that in the roadmap today.”

While major outdoor venues will still be capped at 5,000, a COVID Safe plan will be required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people.

“NSW Health will work closely with venue owners around creating a COVID Safe plan for each venue, which means that rather than having an exemption for each individual event that takes place at a venue, we’re going to create a COVID safety plan and an exemption for the venue based on the venue’s own operating model.

“This makes it easier for people to book venues, it makes it easier for venues to conduct events, and it makes it easier for NSW Health to work with those venue operators to ensure people who go to those events do so in a safe way.”

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