NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says he will bring forward a number of aspects of the state’s three-stage COVID-19 road map, including scrapping indoor mask-wearing in offices earlier than December 1 and the reopening of indoor pools for lessons.
But he told Nine’s Today show that nothing would change before Monday, October 11, when the first phase of the plan begins as non-critical retail, hospitality and gyms reopen.
“We said from the outset that Monday would be the day, the Monday after [the] 70 per cent [vaccination target],” Mr Perrottet said.
“Our discussions with industry and businesses are in terms of getting ready for that day, that we should keep the stability there.
“But later today we’ll also be making an announcement for a number of changes to the road map which will bring certain things forward and lift some caps on a range of things.”
On ABC News Breakfast, Mr Perrottet said there would be a “positive announcement to come” regarding face masks, with changes made during discussions last night in crisis cabinet (soon to be renamed the COVID and Economic Recovery Committee).
“Face masks are obviously important, but they’re an impediment for people going back into the office,” the Premier said.
“We’d originally set that down for December 1, so they’ll be going a little bit earlier.”
Indoor pools will also reopen on Monday for learn-to-swim classes and squad swimming.
Meanwhile, NSW deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres appeared on Seven’s Sunrise and raised the issue of schools and wanting to get kids back “as quickly as possible”.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell will join Mr Perrottet, Mr Ayres, new Deputy Premier Paul Toole and Health Minister Brad Hazzard at a 9am press conference regarding the road map.