Here is how the new ‘friends bubbles’ will work.
After introducing the singles bubble back in July, the state government is working on expanding bubble arrangements in NSW. As the state inches closer to smashing the 70 per cent vaccination target, children aged 18 or younger will now be able to form a ‘friends bubbles’ in groups of three.
The arrangement comes into effect from tonight (September 22).
How will the ‘friends bubbles’ work?
Parents will be allowed to drop off their kids to a friends house. If there is any adult supervision, the adults in question will need to be fully vaccinated.
The bubble will need to be exclusive with no more than three people and the people in each bubble cannot be changed.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the bubble came as a reward to parents and children after months of lockdowns.
“We’re in school holidays, kids have done it really, really tough, parents have done it tough,” Mr Barilaro told Today.
“The mental strain, the wellbeing of our kids are important. So the crisis committee made a decision that we’ll allow those kids to come together.”
All parties involved must stay within 5kms of each other or within the same LGA.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “This change will hopefully make a big difference for families during the school holidays and allow young children and teenagers to catch up and reconnect with their friends.”
Find more information about the ‘friends bubble’ here.
What is NSW’s vaccination status as of today?
53% of NSW is now fully vaccinated with 82.5% vaccinated with one dose of a covid vaccine. The premier has revealed that once the state hits 70 per cent fully vaxxed figures, restrictions will begin to ease.
The state government had also recently unveiled a roadmap out of lockdown for NSW.