PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has implored NSW to hold on for two more weeks, naming October 11 as the date the state will hit 70 per cent double-dosed.
The two square metre rule is due to return on December 1, Ms Berejiklian said, allowing more people within venues.
Hitting the 80 per cent double vaccination mark, which is expected in late October, will allow for standing consumption in hotels, travel throughout NSW and abroad as well as community sport.
The state's single dose figure officially passed 85 per cent by Monday morning, with double doses at 60 per cent.
Tamworth has one active case of COVID-19, that was announced last Monday. The person lives on the outskirts of town and is isolating at home.
A positive case showing on the NSW Health website for Walcha relates to a case that contracted their illness in Greater Sydney and remains out of area, but have a Walcha residential address. There is no risk to the Walcha community.
In the Hunter there were 42 cases, with NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant calling out the region as an area of concern as risks in Sydney begin to fade.
"We are seeing increasing cases in areas around Newcastle, Muswellbrook and Singleton, and Newcastle in general,"
"We are also seeing a number of cases in Central Coast."
23 of the Hunter New England Health cases were infectious in the community, with the status of eight unknown.
28 of the cases are linked.
The region now has 485 active cases and 737 close contacts. One is in intensive care, among 13 in hospital.
NSW recorded 787 cases in Monday's update, with 12 deaths.
Churches and other places of worship will open to the unvaccinated at 80 per cent, Ms Berejiklian said, "but that's it".
She said ICU and hospital admissions had been lower than expected, but urged people to remain vigilant in the next few weeks as reopening measures drew closer.
While cases will "go through the roof", she said hospital admissions were the focus for the government once the vaccination milestones were passed.
"We are literally just a few weeks away from having that 70 per cent level of double vaccination," Ms Berejiklian said.
"It's just this week and next week we have to get through ... but I do want to stress that between 70 and 80 per cent double dose, which could be just a matter of weeks, we need to exercise a very high degree of caution."
"We envision 11th of October will be the day we will manage to adhere to that [70 per cent] roadmap," Ms Berejiklian said.
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