The prospect of a significant escalation in the number of cases remains real, with regional areas at risk.
The latest Covid-19 infection numbers in Greater Sydney show that while the virus is not growing out of control, the current restrictions are not strong enough to reduce the overall number of infections anytime soon. The increase in unrelated cases and infectious people in the community shows that we are not facing this outbreak. This means that there is no end to the blockade in sight and that more needs to be done.
Allowing non-essential retail stores to stay open not only sends the wrong message to the public, but also increases the risk of transmission. This is despite the reality that people can access many of the products online. Telling the community not to browse the shops is not enough.
A number of non-essential workplaces also remain open, which we know from last year’s Victorian experience had to be closed or managed within strict limits for her epidemic to be under control.
There is confusion over what is considered essential and non-essential, and the AMA believes the time has come for NSW to follow the Victorian approach that provides a clear definition for the public and business community.
While we appreciate how difficult things are for people living in Greater Sydney, a further delay will simply make matters worse and impose a much greater toll on the community – with the announcement of additional support for workers and businesses, there is no are apologies for any further hesitation or delay.
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