Covid-19 Australia: Sydney, NSW parties in the rain as thousands flock to the ...

Covid-19 Australia: Sydney, NSW parties in the rain as thousands flock to the ...
Covid-19 Australia: Sydney, NSW parties in the rain as thousands flock to the ...

Covid case numbers have continued to decline as NSW records 360 new locally acquired infections on Tuesday, a day after Sydneysiders celebrated their first day of freedom after 106 days in lockdown.  

Tuesday's case infections are lower than Monday's 496 cases as businesses reopened their doors to the fully-vaccinated for the state's highly anticipated 'Freedom Day'.

New South Wales was finally released from its gruelling Covid-19 lockdown after the state shattered its 70 per cent vaccination target last week, triggering the return of pubs, restaurants, cafes, retails shops, gyms and personal services like hairdressers.

And after almost four months of being trapped inside their homes cut off from friends and family, some couldn't wait another moment longer to head down to the pub and catch up with their mates at long last. 

Crowds ditched their lockdown tracksuits for the occasion, with many seen spilling out of the city's pubs late into the night, likely leading to some sore heads on Tuesday morning.  

But officials have warned it will be two more weeks until regional travel, large house parties and nightclubs make a return, with newly-appointed premier Dominic Perrottet confirming he was unlikely to move the goalposts for reopening when the 80 per cent fully-vaccinated milestone is reached.

While the target is likely to be met on Monday October 11, with many having earmarked this date for further restrictions to ease, roadmap rules stipulate more changes can't take place until the following Monday, which is October 25. 

Lockdown trackies were ditched for glamorous outfits on Freedom Day as rain poured down two women looking to enjoy their first night out in months (pictured)

Lockdown trackies were ditched for glamorous outfits on Freedom Day as rain poured down two women looking to enjoy their first night out in months (pictured)

One Sydneysider may have had a little too much freedom

Sydney Bars threw open their doors on Monday

One Sydneysider may have had a little too much freedom when bars flung open their doors on Monday

Revellers at The Royal Hotel in Sydney's Paddington line up outside with big smiles as they flash their vaccination status at the door

Revellers at The Royal Hotel in Sydney's Paddington line up outside with big smiles as they flash their vaccination status at the door

Thousands of cooped-up revellers braved the rain and chilly conditions across Sydney on Monday as they partied for the first time in 106 days (pictured, pub-goers at The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown)

Thousands of cooped-up revellers braved the rain and chilly conditions across Sydney on Monday as they partied for the first time in 106 days (pictured, pub-goers at The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown)

Pub-goers flocked to the city's drinking holes on Monday night (pictured outside The Royal in Sydney's Paddington) with lockdown finally over

Pub-goers flocked to the city's drinking holes on Monday night (pictured outside The Royal in Sydney's Paddington) with lockdown finally over

A brief moment of clear blue sky see day-drinkers head to the beer garden at the The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown (pictured)

A brief moment of clear blue sky see day-drinkers head to the beer garden at the The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown (pictured)

Despite many Covid restrictions remaining, the weekday in October felt more like a wild New Years Eve celebration as Sydneysiders ditched their at-home activewear and glammed themselves up for the momentous occasion. 

Venues started filling out before lunchtime as more and more partygoers piled in later in the evening. 

Not even the persistent rain and chilly 13C weather could dampen the spirits of the newly-freed residents who proudly flashed their digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate as they entered venues. 

Under the new rules, any customer entering a non-essential business must prove their vaccination status.

Those who aren't able to verify that they've received the jab are refused entry.

Pubs are allowed to operated under the one person per four sqm rule after the state hit its 70 per cent vaccination target (pictured, The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown)

Pubs are allowed to operated under the one person per four sqm rule after the state hit its 70 per cent vaccination target (pictured, The Marlborough in Sydney's Newtown)

A rugged-up man braves the cold and is captured sipping a red wine at a newly opened Sydney bar on Freedom Day

A rugged-up man braves the cold and is captured sipping a red wine at a newly opened Sydney bar on Freedom Day

Bartenders are busy mixing drinks inside a Sydney pub on Monday, as Sydney ended its nearly four-month-long Covid lockdown

Bartenders are busy mixing drinks inside a Sydney pub on Monday, as Sydney ended its nearly four-month-long Covid lockdown 

But it wasn't just pubgoers having the time of their lives.

Gym junkies could once again hit the weight rack after almost four months of Netflix and UberEats.

Members of the famed City Gym in Sydney's Darlinghurst were pictured breaking a sweat with up to 20 people now permitted train at a time.  

Haircuts were also in high demand on the first day out of lockdown.

The ban on hairdressers was one of the most hated rules of the prolonged stay-at-home orders - even with the 5km travel bubble in place, curfews in parts of the Sydney's west and no weddings allowed.

Fashionistas jumped at the chance to get their locks chopped with barbers and hair salons now allowed to tend to up to five customers at a time. 

Gym junkies could once again hit the weight rack after almost four months cooped up in their homes (pictured, Sydney's City Gym on Monday)

Gym junkies could once again hit the weight rack after almost four months cooped up in their homes (pictured, Sydney's City Gym on Monday)

A woman at City Gym in Sydney's Darlinghurst is pictured throwing a left hook after the gym reopened on Monday

A woman at City Gym in Sydney's Darlinghurst is pictured throwing a left hook after the gym reopened on Monday

Haircuts were also in high demand on the first day out of lockdown. Pictured: A woman gets her hair cut at a salon near the Sydney Harbour Bridge on October 11, 2021

Haircuts were also in high demand on the first day out of lockdown. Pictured: A woman gets her hair cut at a salon near the Sydney Harbour Bridge on October 11, 2021

The ban on hairdressers was one of the most hated rules of the prolonged stay-at-home orders. Pictured: Barber Amy Drewes cuts Dom Lotter's hair at Men's Biz Barber and Shop

The ban on hairdressers was one of the most hated rules of the prolonged stay-at-home orders. Pictured: Barber Amy Drewes cuts Dom Lotter's hair at Men's Biz Barber and Shop

Fashionistas jumped at the chance to get their locks chopped with barbers and hair salons now allowed to serve up to five people at a time. Pictured: Senior stylist Esther of Adom Beauty and Braiding Salon braids a clients hair on October 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Fashionistas jumped at the chance to get their locks chopped with barbers and hair salons now allowed to serve up to five people at a time. Pictured: Senior stylist Esther of Adom Beauty and Braiding Salon braids a clients hair on October 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Stylist Pille Mardimae colours a clients hair at the Wild Life Hair Sogo salon in Surry Hills on October 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Stylist Pille Mardimae colours a clients hair at the Wild Life Hair Sogo salon in Surry Hills on October 11, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

WHAT CAN I DO NOW LOCKDOWN IS OVER?

TRAVEL:

If you've had both shots of the vaccine you can now travel beyond the 5km bubble.

Sydneysiders can now move about anywhere across the Harbour City as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour.

Those living in regional areas are free to travel throughout the state.

But intrastate travel between Sydney and regional areas is still a no-go. 

DRINKING AND GOING OUT: 

Double-dosed residents can now head back to the pub with the one person per sq/m rule in place. 

Dancing and standing up indoors is still banned, with nightclubs keeping their doors shut 

SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY: 

You can also have up to 10 friends inside their home or gather with 30 outdoors.

DINING: 

Your are now free to get a table at your favourite café or restaurant with the one person per sq/m rule also in place. 

Again, only the fully-vaccinated are allowed 

GYMS:

 Gyms are now open to the fully vaccinated with up to 20 people allowed to workout indoors or in a class.

SHOPS: 

You can once again browse your favourite shops with retail stores allowed to operate under the one person per sq/m rule. 

ENTERTAINMENT: 

Catch a movie at the cinema with all  indoor entertainment facilities allowed to trade at 75 per cent capacity.

This means theatres are also open, as are museums. 

BEAUTY AND HAIR: 

Personal services like haircuts are also permitted with five people allowed in the salon. 

Nail salons, barbers and massage parlours will also be open.

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