Bear in mind that Medicare doesn’t offer any international assistance, and U.S.-based private health insurance plans offer little to no coverage for international travel. Standing up and drinking inside the pub – known in health bureaucrat speak as “vertical consumption” – will not be allowed until 80% vaccination coverage is reached. Up to 100 people can now attend funerals, with the same eating and drinking rules. These services can now operate with up to 100 guests, with dancing permitted at weddings and eating and drinking only while seated.
Carpooling is allowed again, and caravan parks can now reopen. If you think it’s worth it, you can get started now. Residents of regional LGAs can travel to other areas, but cannot enter Sydney for holidays. New South Wales has reached 70% double-dose vaccination coverage of the adult population and, as a result, fully vaccinated residents can come out of lockdown. The uncomfortable truth is that once international borders reopen – which the Premier says is likely in December – NSW residents will be on the first plane out of Sydney, to paraphrase Cold Chisel.
“I might do a domestic plane trip without it, but that’s it,” she said. ♦ For our wedding anniversary, we went on a trip to Venice. They went on a journey through South America that lasted 6 months. Eurostar, which operates trains across the English Channel, sold out of tickets to France on Friday before new travel restrictions to and from Britain went into effect.
Importantly, unvaccinated people are left entirely out of the first wave of freedoms. Many physicists, including Stephen Hawking, believe wormholes are constantly popping in and out of existence at the quantum scale, far smaller than atoms. The new freedoms introduced on Monday include having visitors to the home, going to restaurants and bars, and the reopening of most retail and service businesses – including barbers and hairdressers.