New South Wales records 261 Covid cases – as the state edges closer to its 95% vaccination target which will see a number of restrictions scrapped
- Restrictions on QR codes, mask mandates and proof of vaccination are set to lift
- NSW premier Dominic Perrottet announced the radical changes on Thursday
- QR codes will only be required for high risk venues at 95 per cent vaccination
- Masks will no longer be mandatory except for public transport and airports
- NSW is on track to reach its 95 per cent vaccination target by December 15
NSW residents have been given an extra two vouchers to spend on food and entertainment, as the state reports 261 new coronavirus cases.
The new infections were diagnosed from more than 73,000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
No new deaths were reported over the same period, but 185 people remain in hospital with the virus, 27 of them in intensive care.
Masks will no longer be required for NSW residents except for public transport and high risk venues like hospitals, gyms and aged care facilities
Some 94.5 per cent of people across the state have had at least on dose of a COVID vaccine, bringing NSW closer to its goal of 95 per cent vaccination coverage.
That milestone – or December 15 – which ever comes first, will prompt the easing of restrictions, according to the state’s roadmap out of lockdown.
But NSW residents have another thing to look forward to, with additional vouchers promised in October available to use from Friday.
The vouchers are the latest instalment in the government’s Dine and Discover program, with each adult in NSW granted an additional $25 to spend on dining out and $25 to spend on entertainment.
New Covid-19 restrictions will ditch QR code check-ins for trips to the shops once NSW hits 95 per cent vaccination rate
Proof of vaccination will also be ditched for most activities except for indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people
Treasurer Matt Kean said more than $276 million worth of vouchers have already been spent across the state during the pandemic, proving to be a lifeline for 15,000 businesses.
‘The two $25 vouchers will ensure we end 2021 with a bang and provide a much needed boost for businesses right across NSW as we head into a revitalised 2022.’
The vouchers are valid until the end of June next year.