The lockdown on all of regional NSW has been extended until Friday the 10th of September.

Originally due to expire on Saturday night (August 28), the lockdown has been extended due to continued cases in Western NSW and concerning Covid fragments detected in sewage in a number of regional communities.

The state recorded 1029 new cases overnight and sadly three deaths.

The morning press conference was somewhat optimistic however as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced more freedoms in the next month across NSW for those who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is what they describe as the first step in the roadmap and further freedoms will follow for those who have had the jab when the state hits new vaccination targets of 70 and 80 per cent

As part of the roadmap when the following targets are hit, freedoms will be as follows:

  • 70 per cent full vaccination: a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions to be lifted for those who are vaccinated.
  • 80 per cent full vaccination: further easing of restrictions on industry, community and the economy.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said this roadmap is the path to freedom and is our biggest incentive yet to get vaccinated so we can return to a level of normality.

“The roadmap announced today outlines a clear pathway forward in which a range of family, industry, community and economic restrictions will be lifted for those that are fully vaccinated when NSW hits 70 per cent,” Barilaro said.

“Having a meal with loved ones, or having a drink with friends is just around the corner, but to get there, we need to keep up momentum in the vaccination rollout.”

The 2582 postcode has between 60-69% of the population with at least one dose of the vaccine, and 30-39% fully vaccinated. This figure compares well against postcodes within the immediate vicinity.