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Picnic Day ‘the first step’ towards reuniting with family and friends

“We feel fortunate to be vaccinated and be able to have picnics,” she said. “We know many other people are looking forward to the same opportunity.”

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Gathered in Centennial Park on Saturday with husband Angus and her children aged seven to 12, Mrs Stuart said outdoor gatherings were the safest way to meet family and friends at this stage of the vaccination rollout.

“Picnics are just so fun because you can all bring things, and it’s an easy way to feed the kids,” she said. “They eat and then they’re free to roam.”

The easing of restrictions holds out the prospect of a family reunion for Nerida Walters, who has only seen her children, Cooper, 25, and Montana, 23, since Sydney’s eastern suburbs went into lockdown in June.

“I’m looking forward to it just so that I can see my family again and hug my children,” she said.

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Ms Walters and her family are fully vaccinated and are excited to make the most of the new freedom. They will be joining other fully vaccinated family members for a picnic once the new rules come into effect.

Ms Walters, from Maroubra, said she was lucky to live near the beach, especially as the weather has started to warm up, and was looking forward to finding a spot in the sun in her local area.

“We’re quite fortunate to have many beautiful areas to choose from,” she said.

Ms Walters said that her and her family would also be supporting local businesses and enjoying local food at the family picnic.

“We’ve been all about that throughout the lockdown – ordering from our favourite places that we would normally visit for dinner, a couple of times a week,” she said.

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