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The Informer: Freedom is on the horizon - with some conditions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian laid out the state's roadmap to freedom today.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian laid out the state's roadmap to freedom today.

As the old adage goes, 'Whoomp there it is!'

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has revealed that October 11 will be the state's long-awaited 'freedom day' - though the Premier said she won't be calling it that.

She is opting for the much catchier phrase: 'three-stage reopening'.

Whatever term you prefer - the announcement means fully-vaccinated residents will be able to visit their local pub, take part in community sport and get that much-needed haircut next month.

Those who remain unvaccinated will not be afforded the same freedoms until December 1; that's when Berejiklian says the state will hit 90 per cent of the eligible population being fully vaccinated.

"Some businesses have already said that they don't want to accept unvaccinated patrons, and certainly all of their staff will be vaccinated," the Premier said.

"After that December 1 date it will really be up to the business as to what decisions they make."

These 'freedoms' will be accompanied by the terms and conditions we had become accustomed to prior to the Delta outbreak with restrictions on gatherings, mask mandates and the 4 square metre rule at hospitality venues.

Additional freedoms won't be the only big developments in NSW next month.

NSW Parliament is expected to debate a proposed voluntary assisted dying Bill.

The proposed Bill will be limited to people who are terminally ill, with just six months to live or up to 12 months in certain circumstances.

It seems the sunshine state has big plans for December as well with Queensland's chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young stating that people should "prepare and hope" for the state's borders to reopen in time for Christmas.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gone one further and pushed for international travel to be back on the cards in time for the silly season.

He said the first steps would allow Australians to leave and fully-vaccinated citizens and permanent residents to return home.

Restrictions are also expected to ease in the ACT next month with the territory's chief minister saying the move out of lockdown is only "possible because of our nation leading vaccination levels".

Sure, there's a bunch of conditions and rules in place but for tired, stressed and bored Aussies, 'freedom' - in its newest form - is getting closer and closer every day.

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