A group of fully vaccinated Sutherland Shire "besties" wasted no time taking advantage of new freedoms which came into effect yesterday.
Amber Wilson, Jules Knox, Ali Turner, Nic Gilberd and Laurén Pritchard were spotted having their own little freedom party in a corner of the Gunnamatta Bay pavilion protected from the strong southerly wind.
The public health orders specify a maximum of five adults can now get together, but say nothing about animals, so Olli the dog - a Peter Alexander pyjamas model - was invited along as well.
"We are all besties, all fully vaccinated and loving being together," they said.
"We haven't seen each other in a group for months.
"We can't go to the pub so we are hanging out in Gunnamatta."
The women said they really felt for the residents in the local government areas (LGAs) of concern, who remain subject to stricter conditions.
A NSW Health statement said, from September 13, for people who live outside the LGAs of concern, up to five fully vaccinated adults can engage in outdoor recreation in a person's LGA or within 5km of home. Children aged 12 and under are not counted in this total.
For those who live in the LGAs of concern, a household with all adults vaccinated can engage in outdoor recreation (including picnics) for up to two hours within the existing rules (outside of curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the ability to engage in outdoor exercise.
People who live alone in the LGAs of concern can gather with one other adult to participate in outdoor recreation within the same existing rules.