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  • New South Wales eases restrictions over night as the state reaches an 80 per cent double dose rate
  • The eased restrictions saw thousands of children returned to school reunited with their peers after months of home learning
  • Masks are now no longer mandatory in offices and more people will be allowed to gather in homes and outdoors
  • New South Wales recorded 265 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths in the past 24 hours

New South Wales has eased restrictions overnight as the state reaches an 80 per cent double dose rate over the weekend.

The new rules include reopening retail stores, pubs and gyms to vaccinated patrons.

The eased restrictions saw thousands of children returned to school reunited with their peers after months of home learning.

Under the new rules, masks are now no longer mandatory in offices and more people will be allowed to gather in homes and outdoors.

These latest in a series of planned easing restrictions marks a shit by Australia’s cities learning to live with the virus.

However, strategy officials have warned there could be a greater number of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.

“This is not over, there is a long journey to go,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said, telling people to strictly follow the remaining health rules.

New South Wales recorded 265 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths in the past 24 hours.

One of the deaths include an unvaccinated women in her 30s, who had underlying health conditions.

Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has outlined a roadmap to reopen the state’s borders to COVID-19 hotspots for fully vaccinated people by Christmas.

This is only if Queensland reaches a vaccination rate of 80 per cent.

“That is good news for families to be reunited for Christmas,” she said.

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