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NSW picnic rules explained

Fully vaccinated people can enjoy a picnic together from Monday, September 13. Photo: Shutterstock.
Fully vaccinated people can enjoy a picnic together from Monday, September 13. Photo: Shutterstock.

The first restrictions for fully vaccinated people in NSW have been lifted, a glimpse of pre-lockdown life to enjoy again.

Dubbed "the picnic rule", the new measures were brought in to help balance public health needs with people's mental health needs.

From Monday, September 13 outdoor gatherings of up to five fully-vaccinated people, not including children under 12-years old, will be allowed.

In the regions still under lockdown, gatherings must take place within your local government area and must be outside in a public place.

This means backyard barbecues are not yet on the cards.

NSW Health warned people gathering will need to have proof of vaccination otherwise fines could apply.

How do I get my proof of vaccination? 

  • Download your COVID-19 digital certificate on the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare online account through myGov.
  • You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay. Instructions are available on the Services Australia website.
  • If you can't get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.
  • Call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) and ask for your statement to be sent to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.
  • If you're not eligible for Medicare you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your certificate be mailed to you or add your COVID-19 certificate to your digital wallet using the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service (IHI service) through myGov.

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