After a long lockdown, 'freedom day' has arrived for fully vaccinated Maitland residents with the winding back of COVID-19 restrictions.
Finally, the opportunity to share a beer and meal with your friends at a pub or restaurant, hit the gym and shops as well as that well overdue beautician appointment.
From today, hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per four square metes inside and one person per two sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
There is also no limit on the number of visitors to a home and all school students will be back at school from October 25. The return starts on October 18 with Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students.
Here is a list of all the freedoms fully vaccinated people can enjoy.
NSW is expected to hit 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate on December 1.
On that date, unvaccinated people will be subject to the same rules as the vaccinated.
And if you're a Maitland business, we'd love to hear from you so we can put together a list for our community. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and enjoy from the Maitland Mercury team.