NSW regional travel delayed from Greater Sydney until November 1

Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW has been pushed back until November 1.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole announced the new date this morning.

The wreck of the Plutus lies in the crystal clear winter waters off Currarong on NSW South Coast. Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW has been pushed back until November 1.Credit:Nick Moir

Restrictions on movement within NSW were initially planned to be eased on the Monday after 80 per cent of the state was fully vaccinated.

However, that threshold will likely be reached earlier than was originally expected, with 77.77 per cent of people fully vaccinated as at the latest reporting period.

Mr Toole told 2GB’s Ben Fordham that “some of our [regional] communities actually want [the travel ban] to be longer”, with vaccination rates in some regional areas lagging behind the rest of the state.

As we reported earlier, the state government is concerned about lower vaccination rates in some regional and rural communities.

NSW is expected to hit its 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target (for people aged 16 and over) this weekend.

More to come.

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