Today, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a roadmap out of NSW’s current lockdown situation, to begin the first Monday after the state reaches a 70 per cent double dose vaccination rate for those over 16 years of age, predicted to be around mid-October.

The new allowances will be available to adults that are double vaccinated or have a medical exemption, so it’s never been a more important time to get vaccinated.

In this roadmap, hair salons will open with other personal care services, under the one person per 4sqm rule and with a maximum of five clients at a time. Retail and hospitality will also open for the vaccinated at this rate at the 4sqm rule, with other allowances such as five vaccinated people gathering at a home and 20 person outdoor gatherings to begin as well. At the 80 per cent double vaccination rate the state will open further.

Masks will remain mandatory at indoor public venues and must be worn in salon, and both employees and clients will be need to be fully vaccinated to partake in this next phase.

In other news today, it was announced that the regional NSW areas of Albury, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore, Byron Bay and Griffith will come out of lockdown at midnight on Friday. Under the new rules from this weekend hair salons can open also under the one person per 4sqm rule and with a maximum of five clients per premises.

Within this roadmap, the government will continue to be led by the health advice and may still require targeted restrictions to deal with outbreaks.

As we navigate the next difficult part of the pandemic, in Sydney, the state of NSW or throughout the country as a whole, remember to stay updated, check in with your mental health and get vaccinated so we can reach the next phase and get back to the salon.