Although regional travel was promised to Sydneysiders once the state reaches 80 per cent fully-vaccinated, the regions will remain off-limits until next month.
The rapid rate of second dose vaccinations means that Monday October 18 is set to be the day NSW reaches its 80 per cent roadmap freedoms.
Community sport will resume, more friends and family will be reunited, and there will no longer be a cap on guests at weddings and funerals.
Masks will also no longer be required in offices, and drinking while standing and dancing will be permitted indoors and outdoors at hospitality venues for those who are fully-vaccinated.
But Greater Sydney residents will now have to wait until November 1 to travel to the regions to allow regional residents more time to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
By November 1, it's expected more than 77 per cent of regional LGAs will be fully vaccinated.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the decision was tough, and especially so on regional businesses that were expecting to be open next week.
He said the decision would allow the regions to catch-up and give people greater confidence that the vaccines were doing their job, and businesses would be able to remain open in the long-run.
Bega Valley Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said although the move is understandable, the high vaccination rates in the Valley mean the region would be in a good position to welcome tourists.
"It's understandable that regional travel from Greater Sydney has been pushed back to November.
"With some LGAs and popular tourist destinations still with relatively low double vaccination rates, it's perfectly reasonable that travel to these places should be restricted until they are in a better position to deal with COVID-19 infections in their community.
"With that said, I am pleased to see single and double vaccination rates in the Bega Valley Shire almost mirroring those of the state.
"When regional travel from Greater Sydney resumes, we will be ready to welcome visitors and look forward to a busy and productive summer season," he said.