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‘Simple message’: Gladys Berejiklian under pressure to impose mandatory masks in NSW


NSW #Premier #Gladys #Berejiklian is under increasing pressure to make mask-wearing mandatory with doctors groups and the opposition calling for new rules to be imposed on residents.

#Victoria has reimposed a requirement making masks mandatory indoors for all residents across the state from #Thursday evening, as the state recorded five new coronavirus cases overnight.

NSW recorded 17 new cases, with seven of those in hotel quarantine. The state’s total stands at 4,734.

#When asked about #Victoria’s stricter measures and lower daily case numbers, #Ms #Berejiklian said every state leader had a different approach.

“#Our approach in #New #South #Wales is cautious and we believe proportionate to the risk that’s there,” she said.

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#While #Ms #Berejiklian has faced criticism in some circles for not making masks mandatory, she again reiterated that residents should wear masks.

“#If you’re in an indoor place, if you’re going grocery shopping, if you’re in a place of worship, you have to wear a mask, you should be wearing a mask,” she said, correcting herself.

“#But obviously in outdoor settings, if you can’t guarantee social distancing, if you can’t guarantee all the other factors which make it COVID-safe, you should also make sure you’re wearing a mask.

“#You shouldn’t be catching public transport really at this stage if you’re not wearing a mask, and we want to strongly continue to encourage that.

“The last thing we want is to welcome in 2021 with a super spreading event.”

NSW #Opposition #Leader #Jodi #McKay said masks should be made mandatory for those in large venues where people were not social distancing.

“#It just makes sense and I don’t understand why the premier is not moving down this path,” she said.

“#It is about reducing the risk, and people will accept it. I think people want it.”

The #Australian #Medical #Association NSW also said masks should be made mandatory.

“#It’s encouraging to see so many NSW residents already wearing masks when they are shopping or at indoor venues,” AMA NSW president #Danielle #McMullen said in a statement, according to The #Guardian.

“#However, the best way to encourage compliance is to make masks mandatory.

“#Making masks mandatory sends a strong signal to the community about the importance of wearing masks to reduce the spread of the virus – particularly indoors where ventilation may be poor and respiratory aerosols, which carry the virus, are greater.”

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UNSW #Professor of epidemiology #Mary-Louise #McLaws said #Victoria’s example through its winter lockdown showed people will comply with such rules.

“#Australians like a simple message that is not difficult to interpret, not too many exceptions to the rule,” she told SBS #News.

“#Making mandatory mask use in public sends a very simple message that … we’re at a knife’s edge and the numbers can get worse.

#She said evidence showed it was much more cost-effective than contact tracing.

“The best contact tracers are those who we never have to use because we prevented infection.”

#People in #Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

#Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, #Victoria, #Queensland, #Western #Australia, #South #Australia, #Northern #Territory, ACT, #Tasmania.

#If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the #Coronavirus #Health #Information #Hotline on 1800 020 080. #News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.





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