When 12:01 is reached on Monday, September 13th, some lockdown rules across New South Wales will be relaxed. They are small changes, but if you want to spend a little more time outside of the home, they are welcome. As announced in late August, New South Wales is easing restrictions on outdoor recreation – also known as “sitting to relax or eat, drink or read outdoors” as defined in the NSW government’s rules.
Back in August, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced that restrictions would be eased on residents of the worrying local government areas of Sydney as well as all other restricted areas across the state as NSW hit the six million jab threshold. For the former (i.e. in the LGAs Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield, as well as in 12 suburbs in Penrith), outdoor recreation is back in fashion again and again for families with complete cards vaccinated adults as long as it is between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. due to the nightly curfew. And since a strict five-kilometer rule applies in these LGAs, you must also comply with this rule for your picnics there.
For those living outside the hotspot LGAs, groups of five can enjoy outdoor recreation as long as all adults are fully vaccinated. There is a distance limit, however, so it must still be within your LGA or within three miles of your home.
It’s the changes everyone is looking forward to – and they are actually tweaked before they take effect. Today, Friday 10 September, the Prime Minister recommended two changes that affect everyone in Sydney.
In the LGAs concerned, the deadline is now up to two hours. So now you have twice as long to picnic. (And yes, picnics were specifically mentioned.)
Outside of the worrying LGAs, the total number of five people has been clarified. It originally included children, but only adults had to be fully tormented. Now children under 12 are not included. This means that five adults who both had their jabs can enjoy outdoor recreational activities together and can also bring any number of children under the age of 12 with them.
or within 3 miles of your home. Children under the age of 12 are not included in this total. For those living in the LGAs in question, a household with all vaccinated adults can do outdoor activities (including picnics) for up to 2 hours within the applicable rules
– NSW Health (@NSWHealth) September 10, 2021
Do you have any picnic plans for next week? You can now either extend it or spend time with more of your friends and their children.
The announcement comes as NSW will hit a goal on Thursday the 9th that is expected to be reached by mid-October.
The outdoor recreation rules for fully vaccinated adults across NSW will be changed on Monday, September 13th at 12:01 pm. For more information on the status of COVID-19 in NSW, please visit the NSW Health website.
Above: Destination NSW.
Posted on September 10, 2021 by