Premier Gladys Berejiklian says October 11 looks likely to be the date Wollongong, Shellharbour and Greater Sydney can begin opening up.
Her statement came on the day that NSW reported 787 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, the lowest daily increase in over a month.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has 63 new cases and, sadly, the death of another Wollongong resident.
They were among 12 people with COVID who lost their lives in the past day.
Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant again named the Illawarra, particularly Wollongong and Shellharbour, as an area with rising case numbers.
Over 60 per cent of people aged 16 and over in NSW are now fully vaccinated.
"We are literally just a few weeks away from having that 70 per cent fully vaccinated," Ms Berejiklian said.
She said the government envisaged October 11 to be the date the reopening roadmap would come into force, the Monday after reaching the 70 per cent vaccination target.
The government has also now outlined all stages of the reopening road map.
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