New South Wales records 261 COVID cases – as state nears its 95% vaccination target

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New South Wales records 261 Covid cases – as state nears its 95% vaccination target, which will end many restrictions

  • Restrictions on QR codes, mask mandates and proof of vaccination set to be lifted
  • NSW Premier Dominic Perrot announced radical changes on Thursday
  • QR codes will only be required for high-risk locations on 95% of vaccinations
  • Masks will no longer be mandatory except in public transport and airports
  • NSW is on track to reach its 95 percent vaccination target by 15 December










NSW Residents have been given an additional two vouchers to spend on food and entertainment, as the state reports 261 new coronavirus case

More than 73,000 tests diagnosed new infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Thursday.

There were no new deaths in the same period, but 185 people are hospitalized with the virus, 27 of whom are in intensive care.

Masks will no longer be required for NSW residents except in public transport and high-risk locations such as hospitals, gyms and aged care facilities

About 94.5 percent of people across the state have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, bringing NSW closer to its target of 95 percent vaccination coverage.

According to the state’s roadmap out of the lockdown, that milestone – or December 15 – whichever comes first, will signal an easing of restrictions.

But NSW residents have one more thing, for which additional vouchers promised in October are available for use starting Friday.

The vouchers are the latest installment in the government’s Dine and Discover programme, giving each adult in NSW an additional $25 to spend on dining out and $25 to spend on entertainment.

New COVID-19 restrictions will ditch QR code check-in for shop visits after NSW hits 95 percent vaccination rate

New COVID-19 restrictions will ditch QR code check-in for shop visits after NSW hits 95 percent vaccination rate

Evidence of vaccination will also be wiped out for most activities except indoor concerts with more than 1,000 people

Evidence of vaccination will also be wiped out for most activities except indoor concerts with more than 1,000 people

Treasurer Matt Keane said more than $276 million worth of vouchers have already been spent across the state during the pandemic, which has proved to be a lifeline for 15,000 businesses.

‘Two $25 vouchers will ensure we end 2021 with a bang and provide a much-needed boost for businesses in NSW as we revitalize 2022.’

Vouchers are valid till the end of June next year.

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