Reuters reported that Sydney – Australia’s largest city – reopened at 0:01 on October 11 (local time) after nearly 4 months of strict blockade because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
New South Wales (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet told Channel 7: “I think people across the state are pretty excited after going through 100 days (blockade).”
However, Mr. Perrottet warned that the number of Covid-19 cases would increase in connection with the reopening. NSW lifted its lockdown after a full Covid-19 vaccine was given to 70% of the adult population.
Sydney will reopen from October 11th. Photo: Reuters, ABC
Vinnies store in Coogee area, Sydney is ready to welcome customers. Photo: 9News
People go shopping at the MidCity center in Sydney. Photo: AP
QVB shopping mall is open. Photo: AP
KL nail and beauty salon in the southwest of Sydney city welcomes customers. Photo: AP
Martin Place Station in Sydney is starting to get crowded again. Photo: AP
Under the new rules, people can gather in their own homes (up to 10 people) if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while weddings and funerals can be held with up to 100 people. Retail stores are allowed to reopen but capacity is limited.
NSW is working on a plan to have a Covid-19 vaccine covered for 80% of people by the end of October. With a large-scale vaccination campaign, Australia is expected to let people enter and exit freely from November.
Cafes, restaurants … in Sydney City have opened their doors to people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from October 11. Photo: ABC, RTE
Crowded scene at Little Jack Horner cafe, east of Sydney. Photo: 9News
The Fortitude Fitness gym in Merrylands, west of Sydney is open. Photo: SMH
More than 5 million residents in Sydney have been stuck in strict lockdown since June this year after the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread rapidly. Both the city of Melbourne and the capital Canberra were also severely affected, having to impose a blockade order.
Australia closed its international borders in March 2020. This measure helps keep the number of Covid-19 cases in Australia relatively low: 127,500 cases and the number of deaths at 1,440. NSW on October 11 reported 496 new local Covid-19 cases, mostly in Sydney, up from 477 on October 10.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) enjoys a drink at Watson’s Pub. Photo: SMH
Mr. Perrottet warned that the number of Covid-19 cases will increase related to the reopening. Photo: ABC