November 26, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Density limits for events will cease from December 15 in NSW following the announcement of tweaks to the state’s roadmap yesterday. Mask and COVID safety plan requirements will also ease, but one kind of event will still require full vaccination of attendees to take place.

The one-per-two-square metre density rule will be dropped in all venues from December 15 and COVID safety plans will become optional.

Masks will only be required on planes and public transport and in airports and must be worn only by front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.

With the requirement to be vaccinated being dropped from most settings, only indoor music festivals of over 1,000 people will require proof of full vaccination for attendees to participate.

“We’re leading the world when it comes to vaccinations and that is a tremendous achievement we can all be proud of because it has allowed us to return to normal as quickly and safely as possible,” said NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

“The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer providing a boost for some of our hardest industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID.”

The state government had dangled a carrot of easing restrictions earlier if 95 percent full vaccination coverage was reached, however given dosage spacing requirements, this target will not be met before December 15 as the state still has not achieved 95 percent first dose coverage with less than three weeks to go until the deadline.

NSW has vaccinated 94.5 percent of its population aged 16 and over with one dose. 92.2 percent of that cohort are fully vaccinated.