Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Kerry Chant has been snubbed from appearing alongside new Premier Dominic Perrottet to celebrate the end of the lockdown in NSW.

Just hours from Freedom Day, the state registered 477 new Covid cases and six deaths as infections continue to fall.

Five of the victims were unvaccinated, while the other had received a dose.

NSW has also surpassed the milestone 90 percent single-dose vaccination rate.

Stuart Ayres, Brad Hazzard and Victor Dominello speak at 11.30 about companies that reopen from kl. 12.01 on Monday and how the relaxed restrictions affect their respective portfolios.

This is the second time in a week that NSW’s health chief has not been present for a milestone press conference, which has given rise to concern that she did not approve Perrottet’s accelerated timetable outside the lockdown.

On Friday morning, NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole rejected reports that she was not on board with changes Perrottet introduced after he stepped into his new role.

‘I had a closet the day before and Kerry Chant was in the meeting. We do not make decisions without the support of NSW Health or Dr Kerry Chant, ‘he said.

Dr Chant's failure to appear is the second time in a week that she has not been present at a milestone press conference, raising concerns that she did not approve Mr Perrottet's out-of-lock schedule

Dr Chant’s failure to appear is the second time in a week that she has not been present at a milestone press conference, raising concerns that she did not approve Mr Perrottet’s out-of-lock schedule

A positive message will help welcome hungry and thirsty customers again, after lockdown eases in NSW on Monday

A positive message will help welcome hungry and thirsty customers again, after lockdown eases in NSW on Monday

Dr Chant stood side by side with former NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian through the darkest days of the pandemic to keep the nation updated on the spread of the virus in Australia’s largest state.

But the new Mr Perrottet seems to be delivering content that delivers his important messages without her, instead he is calling on other ministers as he focuses on kick-starting the state’s economy.

Sir. Ayres, the Minister for Jobs and Western Sydney, is likely to discuss how companies and employees will benefit from returning to work.

Dominello helped create the vaccine passport needed to enter premises in his role as digital and customer service minister.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has been a mainstay in press conferences for several months.

Perrottet announced on Thursday a revised strategy for the reopening of NSW, and questions were raised about Dr Chant’s absence

One reporter went so far as to describe Dr Chant’s failure as ‘disrespectful’, and others questioned whether she even joined the accelerated roadmap.

‘What does it say about your respect for Dr Kerry Chant when she’s led us through this for the last two years and you would not invite her here today on your first major [press conference]asked a reporter.

‘That’s a little disrespectful right?’

Staff make sure they are fully stocked with alcohol and food as they prepare for reopening in Sydney on Monday

Staff make sure they are fully stocked with alcohol and food as they prepare for reopening in Sydney on Monday

Perrottet replied sternly: ‘Dr Chant is one of my favorite ingredients in Epping. We have always had a good relationship. ‘

The journalist said that during a health crisis, it was reasonable to expect the head of health to attend major Covid press conferences.

‘Well, it’s an economic crisis too,’ replied a rattling Mr Perrottet. ‘As the new Prime Minister, we are the elected representatives.

‘The style may be different and changes will be made, but in my opinion we had a very constructive discussion last night and as the Minister of Health has said, these changes are supported by the health team.’

After a meeting with the crisis cabinet on Wednesday, when the state reached a milestone with double the dose of vaccination, Perrottet announced the changes.

As part of the new plans, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, without counting children under 12. Outdoor gatherings will be raised to 30 people.

For weddings and funerals, 100 people can attend.

Recently-appointed Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced on Thursday a revised strategy to reopen NSW

Recently-appointed Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced on Thursday a revised strategy to reopen NSW

Dr Chant stood side by side with former NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian through the darkest days of the pandemic to keep the nation updated on the spread of the virus in Australia's largest state

Dr Chant stood side by side with former NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian through the darkest days of the pandemic to keep the nation updated on the spread of the virus in Australia’s largest state

NSW indoor swimming pools will also be able to open for lessons, training and rehabilitation activities.

The restrictions will ease further when 80 percent of the adult population is completely stung, expected around October 25th.

That’s when 3,000 people are allowed outdoor tickets and nightclubs can reopen, but without dancing.

Masks will also not be required in office buildings in an attempt to encourage workers back to Sydney’s CBD.

These reduced restrictions only apply to fully vaccinated until 1 December, when freedoms are restored for the non-vaccinated.

Dr Chant seemed nervous about the rapid reopening as she called for “caution” among state residents ahead of the first phase of restriction relief.

But picnic hotspots turned into lavish moshpits in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and northern beaches overnight as residents risked fines for celebrating Freedom Day early.

Hundreds gathered by the water at Bondi and Manly on Saturday night to party before the Covid restrictions were eased on Monday for residents with double stings.

Sweep up all the nooks and crannies to make sure everything is spotless before NSW starts reopening

Sweep up all the nooks and crannies to make sure everything is spotless before NSW starts reopening

Massive crowds flocked to ‘The Office’ in Manly – a popular spot by the harbor near the quay – where music blew up and an impromptu dance floor was set up.

Revelers were filmed crammed together and without masks as they cursed ABBA songs out with drinks in tow while some were reported to urinate.

Similar scenes took place on Bondi beach after police were forced to disperse huge crowds that began gathering all day.

A number of guidelines were given to residents while no fines were issued despite public health orders being in place until Monday.

Under Covid-19 restrictions, only groups of five fully vaccinated adults are allowed to gather outdoors until state home orders are eased on Oct. 11.

Residents turned up to celebrate Freedom Day early after NSW hit its 70 percent vaccination target this week

Residents turned up to celebrate Freedom Day early after NSW hit its 70 percent vaccination target this week

Hundreds of partygoers flocked to Manly Beach on Saturday (pictured) just days before the state's planned Freedom Day

Residents were snapped up without taking social distance or wearing face clothing during the mass rally

Hundreds of partygoers flocked to Manly Beach on Saturday (pictured) just days before the state’s planned Freedom Day

Revised Roadmap to Freedom: All changes for fully vaccinated NSW residents after hitting 70% jab target

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's Freedom Plan begins after state hits 70 percent of adult double doses

Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Freedom Plan begins after state hits 70 percent of adult double doses

Collections in the home and public space

· Up to ten visitors will be allowed in a home where all adults are vaccinated (not children 12 and under).

· Up to 30 people can gather in an outdoor setting.

Places including hospitality, shops and gyms

· Hospitality sites may reopen subject to one person per. 4 sqm inside and one person per.

· Retail stores can reopen under one person per. 4 sqm rule (unvaccinated will still only have access to critical retail).

· Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per. 4 sqm, limited to five clients per. Rooms.

· Fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities can open under one person per. 4 sqm rule and can offer tuition for up to 20 people.

· Sports facilities including swimming pools can be reopened.

Stadiums, theaters and large outdoor recreation facilities

· Large recreational outdoor facilities, including stadiums, racetracks, amusement parks and zoos, can reopen with one person per night. 4 sqm, limited to 5000 people.

· Up to 500 people can participate in ticketed and seated outdoor events.

· Indoor entertainment and information facilities, including cinemas, theaters, music halls, museums and galleries, can reopen with one person per night. 4 sqm or 75 percent fixed capacity.

· Indoor swimming pools are only open for lessons, team training, lap swimming and rehab activities

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

· Up to 100 guests can attend weddings, with dancing allowed and only eat and drink while sitting.

· Up to 100 guests can attend funerals by eating and drinking while sitting.

· For those who are not fully vaccinated, lower caps of 5 and 10 apply for weddings and funerals.

· Churches and places of worship can be opened subject to one person per. 4 sqm rule, with artists exempt from ban on singing.

· Ten-person cap on choirs at places of worship and at services, where all artists must be fully vaccinated

Trip

The 5km radius will be dropped, but Sydneysiders can only travel within greater Sydney – including the Central Coast, Wollongong and Blue Mountains.

· Caravans and campsites can be opened.

· Carpooling is allowed.

Non-vaccinated young people under the age of 16 will have access to all outdoor environments, but will only be able to visit indoor places with members of their household.

Employers must continue to allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so.

Guidance on insulation for tight and relaxed contacts that are fully vaccinated will be revised, with details to be provided closer to the reopening date.

Masks

Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transportation, house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.

· Only hospitality staff should wear a mask when outdoors.

· Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a mask indoors.

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