October 14 is the day millions of Sydneysiders will be freed from lockdown and can return to the pub after more than three months under strict stay-at-home orders.
Sydney residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can from that date legally visit bars and clubs across the city under new government health orders, 2GB's Ben Fordham reported on Monday morning.
'The public health order will remain in place for some time,' Fordham said.
'There are discussions about leaving it until vaccination rates are closer to 90 per cent.'
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Thousands of Sydneysiders though could enjoy a drink at the pub even earlier in a new government trial set to launch in some lucky suburbs.
Residents in some suburbs will enjoy eased restrictions as soon as early October in a new initiative to test vaccination passport technology.
Thousands of Sydneysiders could enjoy a drink at the pub within weeks in a new government trial set to launch in one lucky suburb (pictured, men drinking in Bondi in May 2020)
The highly-anticipated freedoms will only be available to double-jabbed residents who can prove their vaccination status on the Service NSW app.
It comes as the state's roadmap out of a seemingly never-ending lockdown is finally revealed, providing some light at the end of the tunnel for bored Sydneysiders.
In mid-October when the double-jabbed rate reaches 70 per cent, the state will enjoy reopened pubs, restaurants, hair salons and places of worship, all with the one person per 4sqm rule.
The Ku-ring-gai LGA on Sydney's Upper North Shore (pictured) is also looking to be first in the door, reporting 24 active cases and 86.9 per cent of residents with one jab
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Sporting crowds will return for the double-jabbed with capacity limits, as well as household gatherings with fully-vaccinated visitors only, with a cap on the number of guests
But pubs will only be opened earlier in October for trials in postcodes where vaccination rates are high and case numbers are low, 9News reported.
The NSW government has warned residents living in Sydney's Covid-ravaged west and southwest will miss out on the new trial.
This is despite residents in those hotspots rushing to get vaccinated, with many of the suburbs well above the national average jab rate.
Officials have argued the 'vaccination passport' technology needs to be tested before it can be rolled out state-wide.
One of the lucky suburbs that could be selected for the trial is Mosman, with the suburb reporting only six active cases of the virus and more than 75 per cent of its residents single-dosed.
The Ku-ring-gai LGA on Sydney's Upper North Shore is also looking to be first in the door, reporting 24 active cases and 86.9 per cent of residents with one jab.
Residents who live in suburbs such as Roseville, St Ives, Wahroonga, Pymble, Lindfield and Turramurra could look forward to a drink in just a few weeks time.
It's the same story for fully-vaccinated residents in postcodes like North Sydney, Hunters Hill and Gordon, where active cases of the virus remain low.
One of the lucky suburbs that could be selected for the government trial is Mosman (pictured) with the suburb reporting only six active cases of the virus and more than 75 per cent of its residents single-dosed
NSW recorded 1,281 new Covid-19 infections on Monday amid warnings the outbreak will surge in the next week
John Green, the director of the Australian Hotels Association, said the trial will give the city's pubs a good opportunity for testing the new vaccination technology.
'It just makes sense to put it into play, see how it works and then everyone benefits,' Mr Green said.
However, Opposition Leader Chris Minns has slammed the trial and argued it wasn't fair that some residents got to enjoy the freedoms earlier than others.
'You can't have a plan where one third of Sydney is under curfew but you can go out and get a rosè in the Northern Beaches and the North Shore, it's just not fair,' he said.
Meanwhile, long-suffering residents in Sydney's west and southwest remain under the toughest lockdown restrictions in the state, including a controversial curfew.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro claimed the curfews did more bad than good, with no health advice to back them up.
Despite surging vaccination rates in hotspot suburbs including Bankstown (pictured on Sunday), they are likely to miss out on new freedoms
Pubs will only be initially opened in postcodes where vaccination rates are high and case numbers are low (pictured, a Bondi resident seen shopping)
By mid-October fully-vaccinated Sydneysiders can expect to enjoy the following freedoms:
*Pubs and restaurants will reopen for the fully-vaccinated in mid-October with a four square metre rule in place.
*Hairdressers and barbers will reopen and vaccinated services in places of worship can be held with a four square metre rule.
*Sporting crowds will be allowed to return to stadiums as long as they are fully-jabbed with limits on capacity.
*Gatherings in households will also be permitted, as long as visitors have had two doses of a Covid vaccine with a cap on the number of guests.
Mr Barilaro argued the tough measure imposed on Western Sydney did little to reduce daily case numbers and has become a burden on residents' mental health.
Locked-down residents in 12 LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney are not permitted to leave their homes from 9pm-5am unless they are an authorised worker or involved in an emergency or need medical care.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian initially rebuffed calls to enforce the tough measure on Sydneysiders but relented after daily case numbers began to skyrocket and compliance in some suburbs began to dwindle.
In spite of the doom and gloom, vaccination rates in Sydney's Covid hotspots have begun to skyrocket well above the national average.
Blacktown in Sydney's west is leading the charge with an impressive 86 per cent of its residents jabbed with a single dose of a Covid vaccine.
Vaccination rates have rocketed in Sydney's LGA hotspots (pictured, Bankstown on Sunday) as locals heed the call to get jabbed
Sporting crowds will be allowed to return to stadiums as long as they are fully-jabbed with capacity