Camden Haven business owners have thrown open the doors for fully vaccinated customers on Freedom Day

FREEDOM DAY IN LAURIETON: Painted Horse apprentices Kate Thompson and Raph Paturzo.
FREEDOM DAY IN LAURIETON: Painted Horse apprentices Kate Thompson and Raph Paturzo.

Camden Haven business owners have thrown open the doors for fully vaccinated customers on Monday after months of lockdown.

Customers are making a quiet return to daily life for 'Freedom Day' on October 11, as the state passes a dual-dose vaccination rate milestone of more than 70 per cent.

Fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions have been given access to additional freedoms such as gatherings of five in a home or up to 20 people in outdoor settings.

Retail stores can open with reduced capacity, vaccinated people can attend weddings and funerals. Sporting facilities including swimming pools can also reopen.

Kylie's Art Studio and Supplies owner Kylie Johnson.

Kylie's Art Studio and Supplies owner Kylie Johnson.

Kylie's Art Studio and Supplies owner Kylie Johnson said as a business owner she can only ask people to do the right thing by the community.

"So far out of everyone that has come in, I haven't had to ask if they have had both vaccinations because they have been ready to go. Asking customers was something I was nervous about doing," Mrs Johnson said.

"Talking to other business owners we are just doing it because we have to. We cannot afford the fine and we are checking everyone.

"I think opening our area to Sydney visitors could bring more COVID cases here and I would have liked to see more of a delay there until the vaccination rate was higher."

Painted Horse Tattoo, Laurieton was one of the businesses to reopen after more than four weeks without trade.

Owner Jason Turner said staff had worked before the lockdown and taken a few weeks holiday during the lockdowns.

"This has been okay for us even though we have been shutdown for four week. The only issue we have had is that we can only have doubled vaccinated people in the shop," Mr Turner said.

"It's unfortunate because we are booked out three or four months at a time, so people have already waited 12 weeks for their appointment and now they are waiting longer because they have only had one vaccination.

"Everyone has been pretty easy. We just tell people straight out that if they aren't double vaccinated they cannot come into the store because we can't afford the fines.

"We're trying to do the right thing by the community and that's what I tell clients."

Retail store manager Rob Corry, from Camden Haven Auto Parts.

Retail store manager Rob Corry, from Camden Haven Auto Parts.

Retail store manager Rob Corry, from Camden Haven Auto Parts, said the new guidelines haven't been fully tested yet.

"It's been pretty quiet and we haven't had a lot of comment about the changes yet. It's a very high vaccination rate here so it's not a huge problem at this stage," he said.

"It will be interesting to see what happens when we get that Sydney traffic coming up later in the year. Last Christmas there was a fair few tourists around and I'd be expecting to be busier than normal.

"Most of the businesses in town have small staff (numbers) on the ground and are fine when it's quiet, but that could change as it gets busier.

"There's always going to be people that aren't going to get vaccinated. It's going to be hard to turn them away but there are options for them such as click and collect or ringing in phone orders."