Less than a month after scrapping QR codes and masks – only to backflip on both – the NSW Government is re-introducing a raft of measures as it loses control of managing the Omicron wave of COVID-19.
Premier Dominic Perrottet this afternoon confirmed:
- Elective, ‘category three’ non-urgent surgery will be suspended until mid-February.
- Singing and dancing in hospitality venues (excluding weddings, performances and classes) will be banned until at least January 27.
- People will be encouraged to minimise mingling in hospitality where possible.
“We are making some sensible, proportionate changes as we move through this next period,” Mr Perrottet said.
Major events will go ahead as planned, but NSW Health is monitoring any potentially high risk events.
The Premier also released modelling that shows “encouraging” news for the health system.
“Even in the worst case scenario, we have the capacity,” he said.
“We have invested significantly and we have the best health system in the country, if not around the world.”
It’s also been confirmed that positive Rapid Antigen Test results will be counted in daily COVID figures. People will be able to register their positive result through the Service NSW app from next week.
Mr Perrottet said he still had faith in the health system to deal with the Omicron wave.
“Our health system remains strong because of the efforts and the tireless work of our health staff right across NSW,” he said.
He encouraged anyone who is eligible to get their booster shot, and confirmed that industries where vaccine mandates exist would also require a booster.
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Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.