On 7 October 2021, the New South Wales (NSW) premier announced that beginning 11 October, coronavirus-related restrictions in Sydney and the state of NSW will be relaxed for local residents. Under the new guidelines, fully vaccinated residents may leave their homes for any reason, including dining and social activities. Restaurants, gyms and cinemas will be allowed to reopen with social distancing guidelines. Authorities stated that NSW will use a vaccination-passport system to ensure unvaccinated people abide by stay-at-home orders until 1 December. The government’s coronavirus-related restrictions have spurred nationwide protests in recent weeks, with some turning violent.