After Longest COVID-Related Lockdowns, Sydney Finally Reopening Businesses

After Longest COVID-Related Lockdowns, Sydney Finally Reopening Businesses

(ReliableNews.org) – Australia had some of the world’s most rigid COVID-19 restrictions and mandates. Recently, the government said it would start moving away from lockdowns as the country becomes vaccinated, finally ending what appeared to be several consecutive months of draconian restrictions.

On Monday, October 11, Sydney’s gyms, cafes and restaurants reopened after nearly four months of lockdowns. However, there’s a catch: only vaccinated people will be allowed to enter the businesses. Still, the New South Wales state Premier, Dominic Perrottet, told reporters it was a “freedom day” — freedom for a certain group of people, that is.

Officials lifted the lockdowns in Sydney after 73.5 percent of its population ages 16 and older were fully vaccinated. More than 90 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. The end of lockdowns is great news for the businesses severely impacted by the restrictions. Unfortunately, many companies closed permanently as a result of the lockdowns.

Authorities say people will only be allowed to travel overseas when 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Currently, residents have not been allowed to travel internationally since March 2020.

The lockdowns and mandates in Australia have been so severe, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently said the US should reconsider its relationship with the nation. “It’s not a free country at all,” the governor told the crowd at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Tampa earlier this month. The protests in Australia show many of its residents agree with the American politician’s assessment.

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