Community sport will not return until NSW hits 80 per cent double vaccinations, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has said.
This morning it was announced that large parts of regional NSW would come out lockdown on Saturday which included a number of freedoms.
The return of community sport was not one of those freedoms. A number of sports in Tamworth, that were hoping to recommence, their seasons have now cancelled them.
NSW could hit double vaccinations in "early to mid November", Mr Barilaro said.
He also said compared to ticketed and outdoor seated events at major recreation outdoor facilities, where up to 500 people are able to attend, community sports were much harder to police.
He said the NSW Government wanted to err on the side of caution.
"It was easier for us to just not permit community sport in this lifting of restrictions for the regions or even at the 70 per cent mark," he said.
"Yes, it's unfortunate but it is about a balancing game."
While community sport isn't allowed to go ahead, training is, Mr Barilaro said, with up to 20 people allowed to gather in outdoor settings.