Essential Report

Time for Covid-19 milestones to occur for NSW

Jul 6, 2021

Q. How long do you think it will take for the following to occur in NSW?


Two weeks up to one month One month up to six months Seven months up to one year One to two years More than two years Never
The Covid-19 outbreak in NSW is controlled 50% 18% 7% 10% 7% 7%
The lockdown in Greater Sydney is lifted 76% 13% 5% 3% 2% 2%
The lockdown in other affected areas in NSW is lifted (e.g. Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) 77% 11% 4% 3% 2% 2%
Interstate travel will be allowed without restriction 38% 26% 12% 11% 8% 5%
Quarantine will no longer be required after interstate travel 32% 20% 13% 15% 12% 7%
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout will be completed in NSW 14% 14% 28% 24% 12% 8%


  • Most participants in NSW expect the lockdown restriction to be eased in the next month (76% in Sydney and 77% in other areas of NSW).
  • Most think interstate travel will be allowed either within the next month (38%) or within 6 months (26%). A similar proportion also think there will be no quarantine requirements after this time (32% within the month, 20% within 6 months).
  • 28% think the vaccine rollout will not be completed in under a year, 24% think it will take 1-2 years and 12% think it will take over 2 years.


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