‘A big day for our state’: NSW records 477 new COVID-19 cases as it prepares to reopen

It comes as the state will begin to open up from Monday, with stay-at-home orders ending for fully vaccinated residents having surpassed its 70 per cent double-dose vaccination rate early last week. 

Addressing reporters from a brewery in north-western Sydney, Premier Dominic Perrottet said it “is a big day for our state and for everyone across NSW.” 

“You have earned it. It has been 100 days of blood, sweat and no beers but we have got it and we are back in action tomorrow,” he said. 

“It has been a very difficult time for the people of our state, over 100 days of people making enormous sacrifices,  not be able to say goodbye to their loved ones or get married, businesses closed and people out of work.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet taps a beer keg during a tour of the Marsden Brewhouse in Marsden Park.

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From Monday, gyms, cafes, restaurants, pools, shops, hairdressers and beauticians will reopen and fully vaccinated people will be allowed to venture more than five kilometres from their home.

Indoor and outdoor gatherings will also be permitted, with caps increased earlier this week to 10 and 30 people respectively.

“New South Wales in leading our country out of this pandemic. The vaccination rate and the increase that has occurred over this period of time, is not just leading the country but leading the world,” the Premier said. 

“Please treat everyone with kindness and respect. I know there is going to be some challenges as we go through this time. We are the only state that has gone down this path early that has opened up to those that are double vaccinated.”

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As of Friday 8 October, 90.1 per cent of residents aged 16 have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 72.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

There are currently 794 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 159 people in intensive care, 76 of whom require ventilation.

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