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Sydney celebrates end of 107-day lockdown

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The Australian city of Sydney has emerged from lockdown after almost four months, with locals celebrating a range of new freedom.

People queued for pubs and shops that opened at midnight on Monday specifically for the occasion.

Many others have been enjoying anticipated reunions and visits to the homes of relatives and friends.

Covid rules had banned household visits and travel beyond a 5km (3.1 miles) zone, separating many families.

The Lord Gladstone Hotel, an inner city pub, was doing a roar lunch trade after months of limited trading and takeaway – only options.

“We are stoked to be back, we are having the best Monday in months, even before Covid,” Pat Blake, the pub licensee, said.

“People are just ready to come back and sit down for a schooie (beer), see their friends, be somewhere there’s always music playing,” he said.

Australia’s biggest city was allowed to exit lockdown after the state of New South Wales (NSW) reached a 70% double-dose vaccination for over-16s.

More restrictions will ease when 80% of over-16s are fully vaccinate. Currently over 90% have received a first dose.

“It’s been a difficult 100 days”, state Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Monday.

“But the efforts that people have made right across the state, to go out and get vaccinated, has enabled this great day.

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