Sydney authorities have lifted the COVID-19 curfew hours as the number of cases stabilizes in the city.
Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of New South Wales, announced on Wednesday that the virus hotspot curfew would be lifted from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Sydney residents hope it is the start of the end of a lengthy lockdown.
“We’ve seen a stabilization in the last few days,” said Berejiklian.
Berejiklian urged the residents to continue to be vigilant and respect stay-at-home orders.
“We don’t want to see that trend go the wrong way,” she added.
Infection rates appear to have stabilized at around 1,300 per day, and 80 percent of people in Australia’s most populated state have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Since late June, schools, bars, restaurants, and offices have been closed, and residents are not permitted to travel more than 5 kilometers from their homes.
Meanwhile, Berejiklian said that number of restrictions would be lifted when 70 percent of its residents were fully vaccinated.
“We know it’s been a struggle, but there are only a few weeks left before we get to 70 percent double dose,” she said.