NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is expected to announce today whether any lockdown restrictions will be lifted early, following his first crisis cabinet meeting as the state’s new leader.
Mr. Perrottet revealed Wednesday afternoon that the state has finally met its long-awaited goal of having 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It means Greater Sydney will come out of lockdown and restrictions will ease on Monday 11 October.
The government met overnight to consider whether any changes could happen sooner.
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Perrottet said the plan has always been to reopen on Monday after NSW hit the double-dose limit, but the changes aren’t out of the question.
“I’m not going to anticipate those discussions,” Perrottet said ahead of the meeting.
“In the cabinet meeting this afternoon there will be further discussions in relation to the road map.
“I had discussions with the health team, the minister and Dr. Chant this morning on a whole range of issues related to the COVID situation.
“We will consider these issues this afternoon in the crisis cabinet.”
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Earlier on Wednesday, former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to “go after” his successor on his first day at the summit.
Ms. Berejiklian, who resigned on Friday amid revelations of being investigated by the ICAC, visited her election office in northern Sydney on Wednesday to speak to her staff.
He thanked supporters for their support, with messages and flowers left piled against the wall of his office.
“It was a huge comfort to know that people care,” he said.
“I’ll read every single card and every single message.”
He said Mr. Perrottet, who was sworn in as premier on Tuesday, would be an “outstanding” leader as NSW continued to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr. Perrottet previously stated that he has “tremendous confidence” in the future of the state.
Speaking to Ben Fordham on 2GB, he said NSW’s economic recovery from the 2020 COVID-19 outbreaks showed how the state could recover.
“The September quarter for this year is likely to show negative growth, but I expect it to recover very quickly,” he said.
“I think we will have a very bright summer.”
Although Tuesday indicated that the state’s “freedom day” would remain Monday, October 11, Mr. Perrottet signaled that other parts of the NSW roadmap off the bat could change.
The mandatory use of the mask in the offices will remain until December 1, but Perrottet admitted that the rule was an “impediment” to the return of workers.
“Today I will meet with health officials to review the timetable,” he said.
“There are a number of areas within the roadmap that can be explored.”
He mentioned getting people back to the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs as a priority.
“It’s important to bring people back to the city, we want to bring Sydney to life, we want to bring Parramatta to life,” he said.
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Among these areas, Mr. Perrottet said he would “definitely” look into the rules on hospital visits, with a number of Sydney hospitals still maintaining a ban on visiting loved ones.
“I’ve already raised this with (Health Minister Brad Hazzard),” he said.
He said priorities should be balanced, with compassionate needs measured against the protection of the elderly and sufferers most at risk from COVID-19.
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