Just days after being appointed as NSW premier, Dominic Perrottet has made major changes to the state's roadmap to freedom after over 100 days in lockdown.
The big changes include an increase in the number of people allowed to gather together outside and a doubling in the household visitor cap, as NSW prepared for "freedom day" on Monday.
Many NSW school children will be able to return to the classroom earlier than expected, as face-to-face learning will resume on October 25th.
Students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return on October 18th, as students in year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will return a week earlier than expected, joining years 2, 6 and 11 on October 25th.
"That's great for kids. It's a major relief for parents and their sanity and I think this is an important decision today and I want to thank all the teachers who are are there getting vaccinated to ensure that we can open our schools as safely as possible," Mr Perrottet said.
Restrictions for gatherings will also be more relaxed than Gladys Berejiklian's plans, with up to 10 visitors, not counting children 12 and under, will be allowed to a in homes, instead of five.
The cap on outdoor gathering has been raised from 20 to 30 people, while funerals and weddings are able to have 100 guests rather than 50.
Indoor swimming pools were originality remaining closed until December 1st, but will now be open for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities.
Deputy Premier Stuart Ayres has announced workers in regional areas can return to their job from Monday if they have had at least one vaccine dose.
"They'll be given a grace period until November 1 to receive their second," he said.