Covid-19 restrictions set to ease now NSW has reached 6 million jabs

Covid-19 restrictions set to ease now NSW has reached 6 million jabs
Covid-19 restrictions set to ease now NSW has reached 6 million jabs

Fully jabbed Sydneysiders will have 'at least one' more freedom in September after NSW hit the target of six million Covid-19 vaccinations.

The state government is holding a 'crisis cabinet' meeting on Tuesday to discuss the extra freedom which was promised by Premier Gladys Berejiklian in early August.

Insiders say nail salons and hairdressers are possibly in line to open up and offer services where the customer and staff member are fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders (pictured are residents queuing for a vaccine on Tuesday) will have 'at least one' more freedom in September, the premier has said

Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders (pictured are residents queuing for a vaccine on Tuesday) will have 'at least one' more freedom in September, the premier has said

People wait in line to receive their Covid-19 vaccine at the New South Wales health vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday

People wait in line to receive their Covid-19 vaccine at the New South Wales health vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday

The extra freedom is expected to be announced on Thursday or Friday, Ms Berejiklian said. 

'I'm so pleased and grateful NSW has had six million jabs. Dr Chant and our team had conversations because we have hit the milestone and I look forward to making the announcement on Thursday or Friday this week as to what fully vaccinated people will be able to do from the month of September because of the target we have set,' she said on Tuesday.

'Thank you to everybody who has stepped up and got the jab. That equates to 60 per cent of our population across the state with at least one dose. And around 30 per cent of the population double dosed.' 

The premier is also due to announce when schools will return, with students from kindergarten to year 2 and those in year 11 expected to be prioritised. 

It comes after NSW recorded 753 new infections on Tuesday with a similarly high number expected on Wednesday.

Hairdressers in NSW are waiting to see if they will be allowed to reopen to the vaccinated (pictured, a salon before the recent round of lockdowns)

Hairdressers in NSW are waiting to see if they will be allowed to reopen to the vaccinated (pictured, a salon before the recent round of lockdowns)

The premier confirmed the plan to offer one extra freedom was in the works on Monday night during a TV interview blitz, her first since the outbreak started on June 16.  

Political insiders have tipped the fully-vaccinated will finally be able to get a hair cut after months in lockdown, with the premier making similar suggestions during a radio interview.

'I have never suggested that life will be free once we get to the six million jabs but what I have said, and will honour, is that if you are fully vaccinated, there will be at least one thing you can do that you cannot do now,' Ms Berejiklian told A Current Affair on Monday.

'We know that the harsh lockdowns in NSW are affecting every single citizen, so for us to be able to give them something they can do, which they couldn't previously do, is an important opportunity.'

Sky News' Andrew Clennell believes the 'new freedom' afforded to long-suffering NSW residents in September will be haircuts - as long as both client and staff are vaccinated

Sky News' Andrew Clennell believes the 'new freedom' afforded to long-suffering NSW residents in September will be haircuts - as long as both client and staff are vaccinated

For weeks now Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly promised that restrictions will be relaxed when the state completes six million Covid-19 vaccinations, but cafes will likely not be helped (pictured, a cafe in Rockdale, south Sydney, on Monday)

For weeks now Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly promised that restrictions will be relaxed when the state completes six million Covid-19 vaccinations, but cafes will likely not be helped (pictured, a cafe in Rockdale, south Sydney, on Monday)

The premier did not specify what that extra freedom would be, but said the move is being made to give 'people a bit of relief' until we get to the 70 per cent double dose rate.

'If you think about it, in the last week in NSW alone, three quarters of one million people in one week have come forward and had a vaccine, and that is outstanding,' she said.

But despite the rapid progress NSW will not likely reach its inoculation goal until late October.  

'So the challenge for us is how can we live through September and October safely before we hit that 70 per cent vaccination rate. And that's the challenge,' the premier said. 

In a KIIS FM radio interview last week, the premier said 'personal care' services such as hair salons and beauticians could be opened in September to people who are fully vaccinated and can prove it using the Medicare app.

She said Chief Health Officer Kerry Chat was 'looking at things where both parties are vaccinated.'

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Sunday ministers are working 'very, very closely' on a plan to reopen schools (pictured) but said 'we are not there yet'

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Sunday ministers are working 'very, very closely' on a plan to reopen schools (pictured) but said 'we are not there yet'

'Every state has different rules to lockdown, so there are some things in New South Wales you can't do now that you are able to do to some extent in other states during lockdown,' she added.

'So, we're looking at those things that might support wellbeing.'

When asked if that may include hairdressers, Ms Berejiklian replied: 'Yeah, potentially.

'I don't want to give the game away but it would be, potentially, services which could be provided to people provided both parties are vaccinated.

'Those kind of personal care services and what have you.

'If we can do something safely and all parties are vaccinated then that gives us some options,' she said. 

However, she ruled out allowing allowing pubs to re-open as well gyms.

MOST IMPORTANT POINTS DURING GLADYS' TV BLITZ

On Covid deaths:

7.30: 'We do have to accept unfortunately that people will succumb.'

A Current Affair: 'I don't like to use this comparison but every year we lose between 600 to 800 people in NSW alone because of the flu.'   

'Unfortunately... we have to confront ourselves with the fact that that is what life will be like in NSW as horrible as it is.'

On endless lockdowns:

7.30: 'It's completely unrealistic, I don't know any state or nation on the planet who abides by those rules, it's just not possible. We can't pretend we're extra special and very different from other places. 

'To suggest that living with Delta means zero cases is completely unrealistic. It won't happen anywhere else in the world.' 

A Current Affair: 'Other state premiers have chosen to close borders with few numbers, we can't always control what other states do.

'We asked them to consider all states will have to go through the challenge of transitioning to living with Covid. 

'We cannot be closed off from the rest of the world and we have to come to terms with it.'

On her leadership:

7.30: 'There's no perfect way of dealing with the pandemic

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