The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) ended its 106-day lockdown on Sunday.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, who was just appointed, referred to the relaxation of limitations as the state’s “Freedom Day.”
“I see it as a day of freedom. It is a Freedom Day, it is. Businesses are opening up. But that means it needs to be done in a measured and safe way,” he said.
“There are going to be challenges, we know that. I ask again everybody right across our state to treat everybody with kindness and respect, and take personal responsibility,” Perrottet said.
Since the early hours of Sunday, when certain lockdown restrictions officially lifted and non-essential shopping reopened, local Australians have been queuing for haircuts, visiting 24-hour retail establishments, and heading to the gym.
“We need to learn to live alongside the virus, vaccination rates are the key, we’ve been doing that in New South Wales,” he said.
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