Damn: Another Strict Lockdown In NSW Is An Option, Says Premier Gladys Berejiklian
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian took a hardline approach to lockdown talks when she appeared on the ABC last night, saying that another lockdown is an option, but it’s one “we don’t want to take in New South Wales”. Right now, we’re on the cusp of an alarming growth in cases in NSW, and Gladys seems determined to help us to avoid a full outbreak and a lockdown situation, à la Melbourne, in Sydney.
"Every time we have an outbreak we can't afford to lockdown, reopen, lockdown, reopen," she said. "That is no way to live and that is no way to be able to install confidence in businesses to keep employing people … We have to learn to manage these outbreaks." Of course, "managing these outbreaks" is easier said than done. Gladys admitted that we won’t get to a place where we have zero cases any time soon, either – and while that’s the case, pretty much anything’s possible with this virus.
We are urging anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel, Casula from July 3 to July 10 to come forward for testing & self-isolate for 14 days. The next 2-4 weeks are critical for NSW. pic.twitter.com/2ODU47haxE
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) July 12, 2020
"There is no way that New South Wales will have zero cases during a pandemic," Gladys said. "It's not going to happen and we shouldn't expect that — we were always going to have cases when we've eased restrictions and we have to expect that ... The reason where we're in especially high alert in New South Wales is also, of course, of what's happened in Victoria."
So, are we likely to have a second lockdown in Sydney, at least? Well, it depends. Gladys has already introduced some tighter gathering restrictions for pubs across NSW, but as we said, Victoria's rapid decline shows us that anything can happen when people get complacent, and those restrictions might not cut it.
New rules for pubs such as group bookings of only 10 to keep the community safe. Please come forward to get tested as per health advice. See https://t.co/shAzZpMpZv for full details. pic.twitter.com/IS0FzRisPr
— Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB) July 14, 2020
The Northern Territory government has also weighed in, declaring 30 council areas in metro and greater Sydney as coronavirus hotspots for the purpose of travel to the NT; meaning that from Friday July 17, anyone arriving in the NT from Sydney will be ordered into two weeks of supervised quarantine, at their own cost. It also implies that they're not super optimistic about Sydney's chances of faring well through these outbreaks. The entire state of Victoria has also been declared a coronavirus hotspot by the NT Government.
Watch this space. We’ll bring you updates as we have them.
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