Critical time warning

RETHINK any weekend plans to visit areas with recent virus outbreaks like Western Sydney, avoid large crowds and wear a face mask if you cannot guarantee social distancing.

That is the warning from Premier Gladys Berejiklian who is urging everyone to heed the latest health advice, saying the next few weeks are “critical” as health authorities trace the community spread of the Covid-19 in NSW.
“So long as you can maintain social distancing, you can go about your day, but please minimise what we call non-essential travel,” she said.
“Don’t do those things that you might do when you are not in a pandemic.”
Rules around Covid-Safe operations were tightened last week, and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said they needed people “to do the right thing”.
“Follow the rules; stay home if unwell and get tested, even with the most minimal of symptoms; always maintain physical distancing when out and about; and ensure good hand hygiene,” he said.
Group bookings are limited to a maximum of 10 people at all pubs, clubs, restaurants, bars, and cafes, while funerals and places of worship are limited to less than 100, and weddings and corporate events have a limit of 150, all subject to the four-square-metre rule. No dancing or choirs are allowed at events, and businesses must have registered Covid-Safe plans in place.
Rules around gatherings remain the same, with no more than 20 guests inside a home and the same for public places, although NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant strongly recommends limiting visitors to the home to 10.
“This is the time to be vigilant – we need people to come forward and be tested even if they have the mildest of symptoms, we need businesses to follow and enforce their Covid-Safe plans and we need people to follow the rules,” Dr Chant said.