Sydney facemasks mandated by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as Coronavirus cases soar in the state.
As reported by news.com.au, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has finally introduced a mandate for wearing facemasks inside shops, salons, cinemas, churches, and on public transport across Greater Sydney from midnight on Saturday.
After months of resisting the move, Ms Berejiklian announced that masks would become mandatory in a variety of indoor situations, including gaming venues, in the NSW capital and also in Wollongong, the Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains.
“We would never dare impose upon our citizens any restrictions unless we thought them absolutely necessary,” she said.
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A $200 fine for not wearing a mask will not be introduced until Monday, and children under the age of 12 and people with certain medical conditions will be exempt.
“The first one, which we have been talking about for a long time, is strengthening what we do in relation to wearing a mask. From midnight, masks will be compulsory in certain indoor settings’ said Ms Berejiklian.
“We will be making sure that compliance or enforcement occurs from Monday so we will not fine you until Monday, the fine would be $200. If you go to shopping centres, catching public transport, attending an end of entertainment venue like the cinema, you have to wear a mask.”
Ms Berejiklian explained masks would also be compulsory in places of worship, hair and beauty salons, gaming areas of establishments, and hospitality venues.
“None is a surprise. We have already strongly wanted people to wear a mask but we do not want to restrict peoples ability to go about (their) business but we want to increase economic activity and mask wearing in these settings will ensure we have the confidence to do that,” she said.
“Also when we are hosting major events or undertaking of activities or people going to work, having tasks on a public transport were reduced the risk of allowing people to go about their business.
“We have been talking about this for months and months but … the reason it is happening now is you want to make sure to give confidence to business and people holding down jobs that you can continue about your activity … so long as you wear a mask in those indoor settings where there is a higher risk of transmission.”