LABOR SAYS MANDATORY MASKS ARE OVERDUE AND CRICKET CROWDS POSE A COVID RISK
The NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has welcomed the Premier’s overdue decision to make masks compulsory at indoor venues and on public transport but questioned the decision to allow twenty four thousand cricket fans to attend the Sydney test during a COVID outbreak.
Labor has been urging the Government to make masks mandatory in high risk settings, including on public transport, in supermarkets, shopping centres and places of worship.
Ms McKay said:
“This is the right decision and something Labor has been pushing for. It’s about keeping the economy open, keeping people in jobs and managing the health risk of COVID-19.
“Gladys Berejiklian has been dragged into this decision because of mounting pressure from health experts, epidemiologists, doctors and frontline health workers,” Ms McKay said.
The Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park added:
“We only get one chance to prevent a second wave and wearing a mask is a simple way to stop the spread of COVID.”
Labor is also renewing calls for the cricket test to be played without crowds.
Ms McKay said:
“It doesn’t make sense to allow 24,000 people to attend the cricket when we have unknown clusters and increasing cases. It may or may not be a super-spreader event, we just don’t know. But it could put the rest of NSW at risk.”
Mr Park said: “It’s important the cricket goes ahead. It’s good for sport and the community but it must happen safely. In the interest of public health, we need to enjoy this cricket match from the safety of our lounge rooms.”