NSW considering pushing back ‘Freedom Day for the unvaccinated’ as Covid clusters emerge


Dominic Perrottet is considering changing New South Wales’ roadmap out of lockdown yet again by pushing back ‘Freedom Day’ for anyone who hasn’t had the jab.

Senior ministers are apprehensive about allowing unvaccinated residents back into bars, clubs, restaurants and non-essential stores on the scheduled date of December 1, fearing it could see Covid cases erupt in across regional areas.

Some cabinet members are lobbying behind the scenes to scrap the date in favour of a reopening for the unvaccinated once the state’s inoculation rate hits 95 per cent – likely to be at the end of December or early in January.

But such a move is set to infuriate the small but vocal minority of anti-vaxxers still refusing to get the jab.

The announcement comes as a gym and pub in Sydney were put on alert with multiple cases linked to the venues.

Dominic Perrottet (pictured) is considering changing New South Wales' roadmap out of lockdown yet again by pushing back 'Freedom Day' for anyone who hasn't had the jab.

Dominic Perrottet (pictured) is considering changing New South Wales’ roadmap out of lockdown yet again by pushing back ‘Freedom Day’ for anyone who hasn’t had the jab.

Such a move is set to infuriate the small but vocal minority of anti-vaxxers still refusing to get the jab. Pictured: Protestors holding placards are seen during the 'Wake Up Australia!' march against mandatory vaccinations in Sydney, Saturday, May 30, 2020

Such a move is set to infuriate the small but vocal minority of anti-vaxxers still refusing to get the jab. Pictured: Protestors holding placards are seen during the ‘Wake Up Australia!’ march against mandatory vaccinations in Sydney, Saturday, May 30, 2020

Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley on 2GB said on Friday morning that a final decision on the matter will be made by Premier Perrottet some time next week.

‘What it would mean is the hesitant, and even the stupid, would think, ‘Oh if I want to go somewhere at Christmas I better get vaccinated’,’ Mr Hadley told his listeners.

‘Perrottet has got a big decision to make next week, aided by his cabinet and MPs.

‘Having spoken to a few this morning, they think we’re right: 95 per cent should be the figure, not the 90 per cent and first of December named by the former premier.’

As it currently stands, 86.5 per cent of NSW residents over the age of 16 are double-dosed with 93.4 per cent having received their first shot.

Pictured: Bartenders shake up drinks on October 11, 2021 after Sydney's gruelling lockdown was lifted

Pictured: Bartenders shake up drinks on October 11, 2021 after Sydney’s gruelling lockdown was lifted

Life is returning to normal for the vaccinated in Sydney as staff members make cocktails at the Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq on October 27, 2021

Life is returning to normal for the vaccinated in Sydney as staff members make cocktails at the Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq on October 27, 2021

If Mr Perrottet were to tinker with the Covid roadmap it would not be the first time.

Regional travel was supposed to recommence once the state’s vaccination rate eclipsed 80 per cent on October 18, but with many popular holiday destinations lagging behind on jabs, the premier postponed getaways until November 1.

The newly-minted state leader admitted delaying holiday’s for long-suffering cooped-up residents was an ‘unpopular decision for many people in Sydney, but it was the right decision for regional NSW.’

‘I believe we got that right because we are seeing an increase in cases in certain areas, particularly down in Albury at the moment, that’s a concern as well because we’re also going to be opening up the Victorian border,’ Mr Perrottet said.

Regional travel was supposed to recommence once the state's vaccination rate eclipsed 80 per cent on October 18, but with many popular holiday destinations lagging behind on jabs, the premier postponed getaways until November 1

Regional travel was supposed to recommence once the state’s vaccination rate eclipsed 80 per cent on October 18, but with many popular holiday destinations lagging behind on jabs, the premier postponed getaways until November 1

A Bondi hotel has been referred to the regulator after at least 10 COVID-19 cases were linked to the venue.

It’s the second alert issued by NSW Health for a hotspot venue in Sydney this week after at least 15 cases were linked to a gym in inner-city Darlinghurst.

Anyone who attended the Tea Gardens Hotel near Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday evening from 7.30pm to close is considered a casual contact and must be tested, NSW Health said on Friday evening.

At least 10 people attended the pub while infectious or may have acquired their infection there on Saturday.

The hotel has been referred to the Office of Liquor and Gaming to review its compliance with COVID-safe measures, the department said in a tweet.

NSW recorded 268 new coronavirus cases on Friday along with two more deaths, as infections in regional areas are now outpacing those across Sydney.

The Hunter New England area saw 52 cases and the Murrumbidgee region which takes in Albury reported 48 transmissions.

South-west Sydney which was once the national epicentre of the Delta outbreak recorded 41 cases while Western Sydney had just 21.

‘We looked at the confidence numbers in regional NSW because their vaccination rates were lower, it was clear that their confidence was lower as well,’ Mr Perrottet said.

‘Sydney’s confidence was incredibly high but there were still concerns in various parts of regional NSW in relation to lower vaccination rates.’

Shoppers in the NSW town of Bowral scan in via QR code as they enter a boutique store

Shoppers in the NSW town of Bowral scan in via QR code as they enter a boutique store

If the decision is made to push back Freedom Day for the unvaccinated, it would be yet another blow for the vocal minority. 

Public health orders requiring NSW health workers, teachers and some construction workers to be vaccinated against Covid were challenged in the NSW Supreme Court on October 15. 

Sydney construction worker Al-Munir Kassam, Byron Bay aged care worker Natasha Henry and eight others had argued the public health orders should be overturned as it impinged on various rights including a right to bodily integrity and a right to freedom of movement.

Their lawyers told Justice Robert Beech-Jones the orders were an attempt to coerce their clients into receiving a vaccination and discriminate against a minority group. 

If the decision is made to push back Freedom Day for the unvaccinated, it would be yet another blow for the vocal minority after losing a Supreme Court battle over vaccine mandates.

 If the decision is made to push back Freedom Day for the unvaccinated, it would be yet another blow for the vocal minority after losing a Supreme Court battle over vaccine mandates.

But Justice Beech-Jones said arguing the health order impinged on rights was of little assistance when abrogation was the very thing the legislation sets out to achieve.  

‘So far as the right to bodily integrity is concerned, it is not violated as the impugned orders do not authorise the involuntary vaccination of anyone,’ he said.

‘So far as the impairment of freedom of movement is concerned, the degree of impairment differs depending on whether a person is vaccinated or unvaccinated.

‘Curtailing the free movement of persons including their movement to and at work are the very type of restrictions that the Public Health Act clearly authorises.’ 

The case was the first in a series across Australia challenging various limitations on unvaccinated people. 



Source link

Share:

Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

A technology enthusiast and a passionate writer in the field of information technology, cyber security, and blockchain

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Greek president tells Angela Merkel that Greece often felt alone

Ofsted warns of ‘serious safeguarding concerns’ at four PGL children’s activity centres