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Anti-vaxxers in NSW to enjoy freedoms early as state looks to match Victoria's updated roadmap

NSW residents that have refused to get a Covid jab are set to enjoy the same freedoms as their vaccinated counterparts early, with the opening of venues to the unvaccinated set to be brought forward by a week.

The government had initially set December 1 as the day when the unvaccinated could also return to hospitality venues, retail stores and salons, but a faster-than-anticipated vaccine take-up has the state ahead of schedule to reach the 90 per cent double-vax target.

That number already stood at 84.8 per cent as of Sunday, and on that pace, the 90 per cent mark could be reached in time for the full re-opening to come in the last week of November.

The attitude of the NSW government to restoring a rights parity between the vaccinated and unvaccinated was in stark contrast to that of the Victorian government where premier Daniel Andrews warned on the weekend that the unjabbed will not get such parity until 2023 at the earliest. 

NSW residents that have refused the jab are set to enjoy the same freedoms as their vaccinated counterparts early as Victoria races to remove Covid-19 restrictions

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed he will make 'massive' changes to rules once the state hits the 90 per cent vaccination rate in just four weeks time

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has continued to make amendments to the state's roadmap out of lockdown, most recently scrapping home and hotel quarantine for returning residents when travel restarts on November 1. 

A spokesman for the premier told The Australian the state is due to hit the 90 per cent vaccination target 'very soon' and confirmed the roadmap had been updated. 

'We have already updated the road map with eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people where we were confident we could do so safely,' he said. 

'We have continued to monitor vaccination and hospitalisation rates and, wherever safe to do so, will further update the road map for the fully vaccinated.

'Our aim remains returning the freedoms and the life we all love as safely and quickly as possible.'

Regardless of their vaccination status, residents across NSW could be afforded the same freedoms from November 24, a date previously slated for December 1. 

Mr Andrews has announced major changes to Victoria's roadmap when the state reaches its next two major vaccination milestones (pictured, pedestrians in St Kilda)

There will be no limits to household gatherings, hospitality venues will be allowed to host one patron every two sqm inside and outside, and face masks will not be required for outdoor activities. 

The unvaccinated will officially be allowed to enjoy a drink at the pub, go to the gym, holiday around the state and attend gatherings.  

Meanwhile, Victorians have been given a glimpse of life when nine out of 10 people aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as city and regional residents prepare to reunite.

Mr Andrews has announced major changes to Victoria's roadmap when the state reaches its next two major vaccination milestones.

With Victoria set to hit its 80 per cent full vaccination target ahead of schedule sometime next weekend, restrictions will ease further and align across the state from 6pm on Friday.

The ban on travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped, reconnecting the state for the first time since the city's 77-day lockdown lifted.

Regardless of their vaccination status, residents across NSW could be afforded the same freedoms from November 24 (pictured, a retail worker in Melbourne)

Victoria set to hit its 80 per cent full vaccination target ahead of schedule sometime next weekend (pictured, a nurse administers a Covid vaccine in Sydney)

Masks will no longer need to be worn outdoors, entertainment venues, gyms and retail stores can reopen indoors for fully vaccinated patrons, and capacity limits will increase for restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Students from every year level across the state also return to full-time, face-to-face learning on November 1 before Tuesday's Melbourne Cup public holiday.

Longer term, Mr Andrews laid out a plan for the state once 90 per cent of the 12-plus population are fully vaccinated, forecast on or around November 24.

'There will be a fundamental change, a massive change, in many respects, to the rules that we have all been living under,' the premier told reporters.

All venue caps and density quotients will be scrapped at that point, along with mandatory indoor mask rules except in high-risk or low-vaccinated settings such as hospitals and schools.

Mr Andrews has announced major changes to Victoria's roadmap when the state reaches its next two major vaccination milestones (pictured, a personal trainer in Melbourne)

Limits on home and outdoor gatherings will be shelved, paving the way for families to come together en masse at Christmas, while vaccine passport requirements expand to staff and patrons of non-essential retail stores.

Mr Andrews warned Victoria's 'vaccinated economy' would remain into 2022, with those who refuse to get the jab excluded from workplaces, venues and major events.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the easing of restrictions was too slow and not in line with national cabinet's plan.

'What the government says applies at 90 per cent should apply at 80 per cent,' he said.

Victoria reported 1935 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths on Sunday, taking the toll from its current outbreak to 223.

MAJOR FREEDOMS TO RETURN TO NSW RESIDENTS ON NOVEMBER 24

The new freedoms expected to return on November 24 when the state hits the 90 per cent vaccination rate will apply to all residents regardless of their vaccination status.  

Home and outdoor gatherings:

-No limit on the number of visitors to a home 

-Density will shift to one person per 2 sqm for indoor and outdoor settings  No limit on the number of people who can attend informal outdoor gatherings

-COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events with more than 1,000 people  Community sport permitted for all people.

Hospitality venues, retail stores and gyms:

-Retail stores can operate at one person per 2 sqm 

-Personal services such as hairdressers, spa, nail, beauty, waxing, tattoo and massage can operate with one person per 2 sqm 

-Hospitality venues can operate with one person per 2 sqm inside and outside, with no seating required for eating and drinking 

-Gyms and indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2 sqm (uncapped) 

-Intimate services can open with one person per 4 sqm

Major outdoor recreation facilities: 

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can operate with one person per 2 sqm. 

Entertainment, information and education facilities:

-Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate with one person per 2 sqm 

-Information and education facilities (including libraries, museums and galleries) can operate with one person per 2 sqm 

-Amusement centres and nightclubs can open with one person per 4 sqm

Working from home:

-Working from home will be at employer's discretion

Education:

-All year groups return to face-to-face learning.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

-One person per 2 sqm for weddings with dancing permitted and eating and drinking allowed while standing 

-One person per 2 sqm for funerals 

-Churches and places of worship can operate with one person per 2 sqm, with singing permitted.

Travel: 

Domestic travel, including trips between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW  Caravan parks and camping grounds can operate 

-Carpooling is permitted 

-Quarantine settings for vaccinated arrivals will be altered. A cap on unvaccinated travellers may remain.

Masks:

-Masks wearing will be mandatory while travelling on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality workers. 

-Mask wearing is not required when outdoors.