On Wednesday, NSW recorded 1,360 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new infections since September 11.
The spike in infections comes less than two weeks before Christmas, with many NSW residents expressing their concern to Mamamia about the anxiety of COVID-19 in the lead up to festive reunions with family and friends.
Despite the outbreak, restrictions for unvaccinated people were lifted on Wednesday.
"We're not about to start back flipping on issues we promised," Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Tuesday.
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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet shared a similar sentiment, saying: "The easing of these restrictions will allow people to get out and enjoy summer, providing a boost for some of our hardest [hit] industries as we do everything we can to ensure we keep people safe as we learn to live with COVID."
With questions swirling over what restrictions are ending or changing from today, here's everything we know.