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NSW retail to reopen after lockdown

After over 100 days of restrictions, New South Wales has reached its reopening target of 70% of the population being fully vaccinated with two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Bookshops and other non-critical retail will be able to open from today, Monday, 11 October.

Retail will reopen with density limits of one person per four square metres, while staff and customers will be required to demonstrate they have been double-vaccinated and are willing to comply with physical-distance requirements.

Customers may be asked to produce proof of vaccination upon entry to a premises, and while they do not have to produce their vaccination evidence, the business may refuse entry. Masks are still required in all indoor settings and customers must check in to businesses using the Service NSW app.

People who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via click and collect. Anyone, regardless of vaccine status, is allowed to enter critical retail premises such as supermarkets, petrol station, pharmacies and hardware stores.

In Victoria, Melbourne remains in lockdown until its projected second vaccination target is reached on 26 October. In the meantime, the Victorian government announced last week that all authorised workers, which includes retail workers supporting the provision of click and collect services, need to have had their first dose of a vaccine by 15 October and be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

In the ACT, which remains in lockdown until 14 October, non-essential retail remains closed except for click and collect.


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