The MidCoast local government area (LGA) will come out of lockdown just after midnight tonight.
Since it was announced yesterday (Thursday, September 9) the Mid Coast LGA was not included in those areas of the State to come out of lockdown, Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead has been in contact with deputy premier John Barilaro to have the decision reviewed by NSW Health.
Mr Bromhead reported this evening (Friday) that it has been decided Mid Coast LGA will emerge from lockdown at midnight tonight.
He said Mid Coast LGA would continue to operate under specified conditions outlined by the NSW Government yesterday, to keep regional communities safe.
"I am delighted that we have achieved the outcome I have been lobbying for," he said.
"It goes to show not to give up.
"Thank you to the deputy premier and NSW Health for listening to our community.
"This should provide much needed relief to businesses and individuals who have undoubtedly struggled during the lockdown and children who will go back to school and catch up with their friends.
"I continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible - the State-wide 'roadmap' eases more restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated."
The following freedoms will be available to all people in the Mid Coast LGA where stay-at-home orders have lifted:
Gatherings in the home and public spaces:
- Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
- Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:
- Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per four sqm inside and one person per two sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
- Retail stores can reopen under the one person per four sqm rule.
- Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per four sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
- Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per four sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
- Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
- Schools will re-open with level three COVID Safe measures in place.
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:
- Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per four sqm, capped at 5000 people.
- Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
- Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per four sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship:
- Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
- Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
- Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per for sqm rule, with no singing.
- Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
- Car pooling will be permitted.
- Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
- Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
- Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.