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A bizarre school restriction that will remain in place has hit a sour note with budding young musicians.

Millions of students across can look forward to more freedoms in the classroom just weeks after they returned to school for face to face learning.

A host of school and extra-curricular activities have been given the green light to resume from November 8 in amendments made to the NSW roadmap announced by Premier Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday.

They include day excursions, dance classes, sport, band practice, canteen operations and music lessons where a mask can be worn while playing instruments. 

But flute, saxophone, trumpet and recorder lessons remain banned.

Millions of students across NSW can look forward to more freedoms in the classroom just weeks after they returned to school for face to face learning (stock image)

Millions of students across NSW can look forward to more freedoms in the classroom just weeks after they returned to school for face to face learning (stock image)

Activities permitted to resume must maintain cohorts and seniorhumor be conducted in line with Coid safe measures. 

‘Students have experienced an incredibly disrupted school year; in line with the relaxation of community settings, we are aligning some school activities to provide them with as much normality as possible,’ education minister Sarah Mitchell said.

‘Schools’ stringent safety measures remain in place, including vaccinations of all adults on site, cohorting, cleaning, mask wearing and ensuring appropriate ventilation.’

‘Importantly all adults on site during school hours, including staff and visitors, must be fully vaccinated and wear masks to be allowed on school site.’

Assemblies and end of year award presentation and graduation ceremonies can go ahead outdoors.

Primary students are greeted by the school mascot as they return to the Abbotsford Public School campus for in-person learning

Primary students are greeted by the school mascot as they return to the Abbotsford Public School campus for in-person learning

Activities provided at school by external providers related to curriculum delivery or student wellbeing will also resume.

Fully vaccinated volunteers and providers will be allowed on site to support school operations or fulfil specific roles, such as helping in the canteen or uniform shop. 

Community use of school facilities can go ahead outside school hours only.

Covid restrictions will be slashed three weeks early across NSW as the vaccination rate sprints towards 90 per cent.

House parties, dancefloors and packed stadiums all get the green light from Monday instead of December 1 under the accelerated roadmap.

Students in years 2-11 wear face masks as they return to school at Fairvale High School in Sydney, Monday, October 25

Students in years 2-11 wear face masks as they return to school at Fairvale High School in Sydney, Monday, October 25

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