Australia’s largest city, Sydney, has ended its corona virus imposed lockdown after 106 days.
The news brought about celebrations in the city on Monday, after Sydney’s more than five million residents were subjected to months of lockdown, designed to limit the rate of covid 19 infections.
The lockdown has helped infection rates to drop, with New South Wales state recording 496 cases on Monday.
From midnight pubs, restaurants and cafes began throwing open their doors to anyone who could prove they were vaccinated.
Since June, shops, schools, salons and offices have been closed for non-essential workers and there have been unprecedented restrictions on personal freedom.
There were bans on everything from travelling more than five kilometres (three miles) from home, visiting family, playing squash, and browsing in supermarkets to attending funerals.
Meanwhile, there will still be limits on mass gatherings and international borders and schools will not fully reopen for a few weeks yet.
The Australian Medical Association has however warned that reopening must be gradual “otherwise New South Wales may still see hospitals become completely overwhelmed despite high vaccination rates.”