Six Local Government Areas including Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops, Narrandera, Weddin, Bland and Cowra have all registered the 70 percent milestone for the first dose of the vaccine.

The positive news continues for the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council and Hilltops Council with double dose vaccination rates sitting just below 50 percent.

More than 42 percent of New South Wales are now fully vaccinated, with the state projected to reach 80 percent first doses this week.

It is estimated that New South Wales will reach the 70 percent double dose milestone in mid-October, allowing an easing of restrictions.

The NSW Government’s roadmap to come out of the other side of statewide lockdown was revealed last week.

Restrictions and stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted on the Monday after NSW passes the 70 percent target.

Further restrictions will ease for the fully vaccinated at the 80 percent milestone.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian spoke on the impor-tance of getting fully vaccinated.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to get vaccinated – if you have not had both doses of the vaccine by the time we hit the 70 percent milestone, you will not be able to take advantage of these freedoms,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Under the Reopening NSW roadmap only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the specific freedoms.

Some freedoms for fully vaccinated adults that will come into effect on the Monday after NSW reaches the 70 per-cent double dose milestone include:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can re-open with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

  • Domestic travel, including trips to regional NSW, will be permitted.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

Tim Warren