The presentation by New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian of the state’s recovery roadmap, has put critical pressure on other states to move out of a COVID suppression strategy and publish their own plans for recovery.
From the 18th October New South Wales venues will be able to open their doors to fully vaccinated people, who will need show a “vaccine passport”.
The Premier said that once the state reaches 80 per cent vaccination of the adult population, there will be a possibility of the restart of international travel.
Indoor venues will be able to run at 75% seated capacity or one person per four square metres, and stadiums free host up to 5000 people, once 70% percent vaccination rates are hit.
Whilst these freedoms are modest and currently only apply to the fully vaccinated, the announcement by the NSW Premier provides a degree of certainty to a beleaguered events sector, to begin to plan for a consistent return to business. Victoria Premier Dan Andrews is now coming under increasing pressure to provide details of a recover roadmap and Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan’s ‘zero COVID’ policy is starting to look increasingly out of step with the rest of Australia and the wider world.