The NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian has unveiled a roadmap for opening up once New South Wales reaches the vaccination target of 70% double vaccination.

She says the new rules will be effective on the Monday after the vaccine milestone is reached.

That has been estimated, on current projections, as October 18 but that date may change.

The Premier says the freedoms would only be available to people who are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

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

There will also be a staged reopening of schools from October 25th.

The reopening will include retail outlets, gyms and sporting facilities, hairdressers and cinemas. See official details here.

When the plan kicks in, these restrictions will apply for 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.

Masks will still be compulsory in all public indoor settings.

A previously announced, Archbishop Kanishka Raffel, through his Regional Bishops, is convening a series of meetings for rectors and churchwardens to discuss plans for re-opening of churches once the government’s roadmap is in effect.