NSW regional travel pushed back to November

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“I know it’s frustrating. It’s not an easy decision,” said Mr Toole, who is also the Nationals leader. 

“But we have a responsibility to make sure that we keep our regional communities safe.

“It’s important that we don’t actually open up businesses and then … case numbers escalate putting those communities and those businesses in jeopardy.”

The coalition government had promised unlimited travel in the state from the Monday after NSW reached its 80 per cent double vaccination milestone.

With 77.8 per cent of NSW residents aged over 16 now fully vaccinated, the state is likely to reach the 80 per cent threshold on the weekend.

Scenes at Wategos Beach in Byron Bay.

Source: AAP

Premier Dominic Perrottet will provide an update on Friday.

Late on Thursday, NSW Health announced that from Friday, restrictions for people entering NSW from the ACT will be eased and people will no longer need to complete a declaration form upon entry to NSW or follow stay-at-home rules on arrival.

Queensland residents will also no longer have to complete a declaration form on arrival due to low rates of community transmission in that state.

Some 91.4 per cent of eligible NSW residents have had at least one COVID-19 jab.

Among children aged between 12 and 15, 72.11 per cent had received at least one dose by Wednesday, and 26.01 per cent are fully immunised.

NSW reported 406 new COVID-19 on Thursday, down from 444 the previous day.

Six more people died, taking the total for the most recent outbreak to 454.

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