Rules – from Monday 8 November
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Tuesday 2 November that due to the faster-than-expected rate of vaccination, easing of rules will apply from Monday 8 November for the fully vaccinated, medically exempt and children under the age of 16.
Wearing a mask will no longer be required for office workers (unless unvaccinated). A mask is still required to be worn by all people over the age of 12 in indoor settings, such as:
Wearing a mask will continue until December 15 or when the state achieves the 95% double vaccination milestone (whichever comes first).
Note: these rules were scheduled to come into effect on December 1 but have been brought forward to 8 November. Read more on opening up NSW from 8 November and refer to the revised roadmap for details.
Pre-roadmap rules and restrictions still apply to anyone choosing not to be vaccinated and will continue to apply until December 15 (the date has been pushed back from December 1) or when the state achieves the 95% double vaccination milestone (whichever comes first).
Changes that were introduced at the 80% milestone (18 October)
Travel between metro and regional areas is permitted as of 1 November.
Refer to the instructions on how you can integrate your digital vaccination certificate with the Service NSW app.
If you require help to prepare your business for reopening, access the toolkit of posters and signs. Remember the Service NSW QR code is mandatory at all workplaces / retail premises and businesses need to clearly display it. Also ensure your safety plan is up-to-date – check the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan for your industry.
Victorians will enjoy further easing of restrictions from 6pm Friday 29 October, as the state hits the 80% vaccination milestone, aligning the rules for regional and metropolitan areas with travel permitted between the regions.
Reopening of non-essential retail
Unvaccinated shoppers will temporarily be able to shop at non-essential retailers. A grace period is being given to unvaccinated customers until the state hits the 90% double vaccinated milestone of all people aged 12 and over (estimated to be November 24).
In many other business settings, vaccination status of customers and patrons will need to be checked. To make the process of checking vaccination status easier, it’s recommended the COVID-19 Digital Certificate is linked to the Service Victoria app.
Masks will remain mandatory indoors (except in your home) but are no longer required outdoors.
A face mask is required to be worn when outdoors and unable to socially distance, on public transport or ride share (or transport waiting areas) at the airport or on a flight, for the following LGAs:
The ACT further eased some restrictions at 11.59pm Thursday 28 October – see below for details. Please also refer to the vaccination status guidance for business.
Licensed venues, cafes, restaurants, food courts, casinos, clubs, gambling venues and betting agencies
Hairdressing and barbers, beauty therapy, day spas, nail salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours and body modification studios
Gyms, health clubs, fitness centres or wellness centres, personal training and bootcamps
Indoor or outdoor play centres, arcades or amusement centres
Galleries, museums, national cultural institution, historic sites, outdoor attractions (zoos and other tourism attractions), cinemas
Funerals, weddings and places of worship
Check In CBR remains mandatory. This rule came into effect Thursday 15 July.