The current COVID-19 limit will be maintained in New South Wales (NSW) for an additional month until February 28, Premier Dominique Perottet. announcement January 25th.
Restrictions include mandatory indoor mask rules, a 2 square meter density limit, a ban on singing and dancing, and QR check-in at venues such as retail stores and hospitality.
“This is a cautious approach, a safe and measured approach to take this next step,” says Perrottet.
This measure aims to support the resumption of non-urgent elective surgery and the return of children to safe school.
“Our absolute intention is to resume elective surgery as soon as possible,” said Susan Pierce, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of Health, New South Wales.
The spread of Omicron is expected to accelerate once schools begin, significantly improving mobility across the state.
Perottet said the government will not punish parents who choose not to return their children to school for a variety of reasons, including underlying health problems.
“We certainly don’t intend to clarify parents who are concerned,” he said, but emphasized that the children did better at school.
“We’re overcoming this pandemic, so we can’t have a situation … [where] We deprive children of the opportunity to succeed in life, “he said. “We are facing this challenge. We know that parents are worried, but it is very important for their children to return to the classroom.”
Perrottet assured parents of children with underlying health that teachers and schools have always worked with parents and students on these issues and will continue to do so.
It is also expected to “promote rather than hinder economic activity” by giving people the confidence to go out.
“It’s better to have a 2 square meter rule than to have no square meter rule and not be confident in the community going out to restaurants and bars,” Perottet said.
“It’s better to be where you are than to be blocked,” he said. “The blockade crushes the business and frees people from work. That’s not the approach we take at NSW.”
However, struggling SMEs can expect additional financial support within a week.
The premiere also encouraged people to go outdoors as much as possible when gathering and socializing.