The date is finally revealed when the first pubs in New South Wales open their doors after months of closure to try the ‘vaccine passport’ – good news for the entire state
Bars and restaurants are due to open their doors on October 4 to try out the NSW government’s vaccine passport application – about two weeks before the entire state celebrates “Freedom Day”.
Health authorities and state policymakers are desperate to test new technology that will enable double-dose residents to prove their vaccination status when businesses head to reopen across the state in mid-October.
But while the news is sure to be welcomed by long-suffering Sydney residents now in the 13th week of the Covid lockdown, the pilot scheme is ‘almost certain’ set to move forward in regional NSW, it is reported Nine News.
Sydney will have to make up for its much-anticipated Freedom Day on October 18 when the state reaches its vaccination target.
Bars and restaurants are due to open their doors on 4 October to try out the NSW government’s vaccine passport application. Pictured: a restaurant in Newtown, Sydney
Pictured: NSW MP Victor Dominello shows what a vaccine passport application would look like
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has signaled that NSW will finally emerge from its grueling lockdown in mid-October when vaccination rates reached 70 per cent coverage.
But the long-awaited freedoms will not be available to anyone who has not received a jab.
Customers and patrons in non-essential venues, including bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms and hair salons, will need to show that they have been hit by a double hit via a QR code upon check-in using the Service NSW app, with anyone not receiving a ‘green light’ refusal Access.
Deputy Prime Minister John Barillaro, if companies fail to monitor who comes to them, severe penalties will be imposed.
“There will be a sticker on the front window saying that the company has been vaccinated … and we will make sure that it is very visible to the public,” he said.
“There will be heavy fines for violations.”
The New South Wales government has warned that companies that allow unvaccinated customers into their doors or hire staff who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will face ‘heavy fines’. Pictured: Bar staff at Summer Hill in Sydney
Sydney residents have been living under a stay-at-home order for 13 weeks. Pictured: A place in Sydney seen empty during the current lockdown
The country is due to emerge from its grueling lockdown in mid-October when vaccination rates reach 70 percent coverage, but the long-awaited freedoms will not be available to anyone who hasn’t gotten a shot. Pictured: Patrons at the Sydney Opera Bar
Under the reopening plan, stores and premises will continue to operate with one person per 4 square meters that is enforced indoors and one person per 2 square meters that are adhered to outdoors.
Weddings and funerals will also be allowed with a 50-person ceiling on guests, along with religious services.
Up to five guests are allowed in the house, with outdoor gatherings of 20 guests allowed.
The green light will be given to sporting events but with one person per 4 square metres, with a maximum of 5,000 spectators, while cinemas will be able to operate at 75 per cent capacity.
Those who refuse to have an injection shot will not be given access to the same freedoms as those who have been fully vaccinated and are only allowed to go to essential places like supermarkets.
Pictured: Sydney’s popular opera bar filmed over the weekend, Sydney’s ongoing closure announced, June 25, 2021
Pictured: Sydney residents will have to wait a little longer for Freedom Day with the state government’s pilot scheme set to roll out in Regional New South Wales first. Pictured: Coogee Beach in Sydney
The long-awaited freedoms will not be afforded to anyone who has not received a jab. Venue was filmed in Sydney on June 25, 2021
Freedom Countdown: The Dates You Need to Know
September 11: Some regions have been edited
Several regional areas, including the Central and North Coast, New England, Riverina and Morumbidge, will emerge from lockdown at 11.59 p.m. Friday after nearly a month of living under stay-at-home orders.
September 13: Vax’s outings
Fully vaccinated Sydney residents will soon be able to enjoy picnics in the sun.
The “vaccination picnic” rule means that anyone who lives outside the 12 LGA in question can meet in a group of five for a picnic, but they must all be challenged.
Bars and restaurants in regional areas of New South Wales are set to pilot the state government’s vaccine passport technology that will allow double-file residents to prove their vaccination status when scanned at a venue using a QR code.
October 18: “Freedom Day”
The date is likely to coincide with NSW reaching a 70 per cent vaccination rate, meaning pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and hair salons can reopen under one person per 4sq/m to only those fully vaccinated.
It will also allow non-essential stores to reopen.
Weddings and funerals will also take place but there will be restrictions on guests.
However, venues such as nightclubs will not be included until higher vaccination rates are achieved.
Late October / Early November: Regional holidays begin
Once the vaccination target reaches 80 per cent, which could soon come in late October, trapped Sydney residents, including those in the city’s 12 local areas of concern, will soon be able to pack their bags for a local holiday.
But travelers will need to take a double dose and apply for a Special Travel Authorization under the Service NSW application.