IT'S a day that we've all been waiting for.
'Freedom Day' on October 11 was when NSW returned to some kind of normal but it was a term that Oberon mayor Kathy Sajowitz used loosely.
"I think most people in the rural areas, especially small towns like us will continue to be cautious coming out of lockdown," she said.
"Of course everybody is really pleased that they can get out and about a little bit more now, so that's a good thing but I think people will be cautious because of the recent spike in cases."
Cr Sajowitz said it would be one step at a time for Oberon but she was looking forward for its restaurants, cafes and clubs to reopen.
"Those businesses will be able to have the community and regional travellers come in, it's good for business," she said.
With businesses reopening, the NSW Government has made it a requirement for people before entering those premises, to show proof of being COVID vaccinated.
"I think that's a very difficult thing to put onto a small business especially if they aren't equipped to deal with someone wanting to enter their business who isn't fully vaccinated and wants to argue the point," Cr Sajowitz said.
Her message to Oberon residents is to be more kind and patient as businesses find their feet coming out of lockdown.
"I hope that everyone will be patient and a little bit more kind when dealing with staff, they're struggling with this just as much as we are," she said.
"It is going to be hard, when entering a business you might have to wait in a queue so my message is to be patient, it is what it is, we want to be open but we want to do it carefully and kindly."
Cr Sajowitz said she also looked forward to community events happening again.
"I noticed that quite a few community organisations are putting plans in place so socially that will be great, that's very positive, I'm looking forward to that," she said.