As the planned national February rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine approaches, the NSW government has suggested it may permit venues to ban entry to unvaccinated patrons.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday broached the possibility of barring those who decline the COVID-19 jab from government-run buildings, as well as permitting private venues to take similar measures.
“Already airlines have indicated that if you’re not vaccinated you can’t travel overseas and I think that’ll be an incentive to a lot of people,” she said.
“But we’ll also consider whether we allow venues … make up their own rules if they have a business or run a workplace about what they feel is COVID-safe.”
The comments came after the state recorded no new locally-acquired daily cases of coronavirus infection.
A drop to fewer than 9000 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday was concerning, however, with Ms Berejiklian having earlier flagged the possibility of easing restrictions.
Meanwhile, NSW police confirmed with AAP they were investigating a party in North Bondi on Sunday evening which may have breached virus restrictions after a video showed a large group dancing near the beach.
New public health alerts have been issued for the Village Tavern in Auburn for several dates in January and December, the Berala Hotel on December 30 and the Auburn Hotel on January 12.
Anyone who attended the venues on those dates are asked to immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
NSW recorded six new local cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24-hour period. Five were household contacts of an already confirmed case.
NSW Health has now genomically linked those cases to the Berala cluster but the route of transmission is yet to be established.
Victoria, meanwhile, will from 6pm on Monday fully open its border to 16 local government areas in southern NSW and ease restrictions for visitors from all but 10 local government areas in Greater Sydney.
Those visitors will be required to seek testing upon arrival in Victoria and self-isolate until they receive a negative result but will not be barred entry.