NSW residents burst out of long COVID lockdown this week when the state hit the magical 70% of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The joy in NSW has given hope to Victoria as it starts testing the waters for its own Freedom Day with news businesses are set to trial a new check in system in that state’s Roadmap to Recovery.
With more than 86% of Victorians having received the first dose of a COVID vaccine as of Tuesday this week, the state’s double-dose figures sit at just more than 60% with the magical 70% well within sights.
News this week that Victoria's regional gyms are taking part in a government trial of COVID-19 vaccine passports have been greeted with glee.
The government expects the passport system trial to be scaled up so double-jabbed Victorians can attend the Melbourne Cup and live music within weeks, under plans to open up the economy when the state hits 80 per cent vaccination targets, expected around November 5.
It is tipped that about 10,000 racing fans will be able to attend the Melbourne Cup early next month!
A live music event will also be held at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 with thousands attending.
And while NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has urged caution and flagged many challenges, he said the easing of restrictions was a great step forward.
As of Tuesday this week, more than 95% of NSW residents were double-dosed with a massive 90% of residents receiving their first COVID vaccination!
Bars, restaurants, pubs, shops, gyms, and hairdressers finally reopened across NSW, while visitors were allowed into nursing homes and aged care facilities this week.
“I ask people to be patient today and over the course of the next few weeks as we move through it. Because there will be challenges, there will be difficulties,” Mr Perrottet said.
More freedoms await NSW, as well as their Victorian friends, as the vaccination figures continue to climb.