The NSW government will make it illegal for unvaccinated people to access sites andcompanies across the state, Gladys Berejiklian says.
As Berejiklian announced the curfew in the LGAs high risk Sydney would be lifted after New South Wales has passed the 80% single-dose milestone, she said a public health order would prevent sites from serving unvaccinated clients.
"At 70% [two doses], if you are not vaccinated, it will be a sanitary order and the law according to which if you are not vaccinated, you cannot go to the sites of the roadmap ”, she declared. “You cannot enter a reception area. You cannot attend eventsYou will need to pay for anything unless you are vaccinated. "
" The government will need to seek legal advice ourselves. This is uncharted territory, but we provide as much certainty as possible, as much as we know exists at 70% double dose. Mayor Khal Asfour said the meeting between the mayors of the 12 LGAs involved and Berejiklian got "heated " when he called for resources from companies to prevent the entry of unvaccinated customers.
The announcement comes as the state registers 1,259 new locally acquired cases and 12 deaths, making Tuesday the deadliest day in the outbreak. Delta to date.
This is the first time that the Prime Minister has confirmed his intention to make it explicitly illegal for unvaccinated people to attend places and businesses, and the first time she indicated that it would be the responsibilityity of companies to regulate their customers.
"We are currently experiencing compliance issues, so it is your responsibility as an individual to be vaccinated and it will depend on the size of the business, "said Berejiklian.
" We get advice from a myriad of sources every step of the way and what people choose to do individually is upon them in terms of legal issues, but I will say this - our job is to bring certainty and security to the community, but also to see both clients enjoy their freedom.
This comes as the state government announced it was lifting the curfew in the 12 local government areas of concern, as the state was achieving a single-dose vaccination rate of 80%.
Berejiklian praised the vaccination milestone, saying the lifting of the cover-fire was a "whole-of-government" decision, but refused to like any other restriction.
"We can't do anything else at this time," said she said, “We have seen stabilization in the last few days and we don't want this trend to go in the wrong direction. We still have work to do.
Berejiklian said it was a combination of high rates of the first dose of vaccine and the need to provide mental health relief that motivated change.
When pushed on health advice preventing any further relaxation of restrictions, such as relaxing the restriction on outdoor exercise, Dr. Kerry Chant, NSW's chief health officer said communities in these 12 LGAs of concern need to "decrease the number of cases.
"We are keeping everything under controle, except the key message that I would like southwest communities Sydney and west S Ydney to take away from this is that you have done so well. "
"You have achieved very high vaccination rates, [we] need to get second dose immunization coverage and increase that first dose. Thank you for your patience but we are not out of the woods yet. . ”
The curfew, which prevented people from leaving their homes for non-essential reasons between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., had been in place since August 23. It applied to the 12 LGAs, including Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith.
The state has achieved 47.5% double-dose vaccination among the eligible population, with the Prime Minister saying it will only take " weeks "before the state hit the 70% rate needed for more restrictions to ease.
We also asked in Chant if Young would be locked down, after NSW Health identified a positive case that had visited the city. She said this option was something authorities were considering.
"We saw sewage detections in Young and found a case in another local district when the case was questioned, this person had actually been a number of other places. "
" There are a number of sites and other urgent tests are underway. "