After more than 110 days in lockdown, the majority of the state's population will tomorrow be released from the harsh restrictions governing their lives.
Monday, October 11, 2021 has been dubbed 'Freedom Day' by many, however, as we know, with freedom comes responsibility.
Just one month ago, NSW hit a record 1600 new coronavirus cases in one day.
It has only been because of lockdown measures and strong vaccination rates that this figure has been gradually reined in to 580 yesterday.
While this state has earned the hard way the increased freedoms coming its way, we all must remain cautious lest the virus again get out of control.
The releasing of the shackles has been made possible by NSW's excellent vaccine take-up rate, which sees it leading the nation among states.
Almost 90 per cent of people aged 16 and over in NSW have rolled up their sleeve and received one dose of the approved vaccines.
More than 71 per cent of people have done it twice.
In comparison Victoria, the state which has been hit hardest by the virus since it first arrived on our shores in early 2020, has about 85 per cent with one dose and 57 per cent with two.
Under the revised roadmap released by new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, the majority of the freedoms that come into effect on October 11 apply only to fully vaccinated residents.
These include hosting up to 10 people (not including children) in indoor and 30 people (not including children) in outdoor gatherings, and holidays for regional people in other regional local government areas.
That means those eagerly waiting for their second jab - like me - and those holding out on receiving the vaccine altogether will for a time still have their liberties restricted.
As such, anyone over the age of 16 who isn't double jabbed will miss out on things like dining out in restaurants or attending council-run facilities such as Oasis or the library.
As a population we have made huge sacrifices to get to this point. Let us remain vigilant and ensure nothing as drastic is ever needed again.
All the best for the week ahead,
Ross Tyson, editor