new case numbers, freedom countdown underway as lockdown exit nears

In less than 24 hours, Sydney and large parts of New South Wales will exit a lockdown that has for the capital continued for 106 days.

As of 12.01am tomorrow, businesses can re-open and the five-kilometre travel restriction is lifted.

Home visits will be permitted and larger groups can congregate outside and at the pub.

Lockdown is set to end at midnight in Sydney and across NSW, with businesses preparing for a rush. (Getty)

Significant restrictions will remain in place, and the new freedoms will only be available to people who have been fully vaccinated.

Sydney hairdresser Alan Buki told Today he was accepting his first client in months at 12.01am tonight – and is booked out all through until 9pm tomorrow.

“After nearly four months, the salon is finally opening,” he said.

Allan Buki and his partner Tiffany Thurtell at their Paddington Salon, which is accepting its first customer in months at 12.01am. (Brook Mitchell)

“The shop is out of control and the energy is infectious.”

He said the salon was booked out for the next two months.

Premier Dominic Perrottet wasted no time in relaxing the regulations of NSW’s roadmap out of lockdown, announcing greater crowd and home visit limits just days after being sworn in.

Crowd limits are set to be relaxed. (Brook Mitchell)

He has also flagged that international borders could re-open on November 1, ahead of schedule.

The changes have faced criticism, but Mr Perrottet denied that health advice had been ignored and said the re-worked plan was a safe way for the state to re-open.

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