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COVID-19 update: restrictions extended by a month

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The State’s COVID-19 restrictions have been extended for a month, as another 29 people with the virus passed away.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the extension of restrictions at this morning’s COVID-19 press conference.

The restrictions include:

  • Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes, and nightclubs must follow the one person per two square metre rule indoors;
  • Masks are required in all indoor settings (except residences). Masks are strongly encouraged where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others;
  • QR code check-ins are compulsory at certain premises, including hospitality venues and retail shops;
  • Singing and dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues, entertainment facilities, nightclubs, indoor music festivals and indoor major recreation facilities (except for weddings, performers, instructors and students).


As additional measures, people are encouraged to continue to work from home where possible and to reduce mingling when eating and drinking.

‘We have always said we will respond to what is in front of us and tailor our approach as required and that is exactly what we are doing,’ Mr Perrottet said.

‘We are transitioning to living with COVID and we will need to continually update our approach to ensure we are keeping people safe and protecting our health system.

‘It is vital people continue to come forward and get their booster shots to help keep themselves, their family and the community safe.’

Meanwhile, the state recorded 29 new virus deaths during the latest 24-hour reporting period.

The number of people with COVID-19 in hospital increased to 2,943, of whom 183 are in intensive care, with 72 requiring ventilation.

There were 18,512 new cases recorded in the reporting period, of which 9,090 were from positive rapid-antigen tests and 9,422 were from PCR swabs.

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  1. Never fear, Domicron is here, “…to ensure .we are keeping people safe….”, well of course, just don’t tell that to the surviving loved ones of the 20 plus people in NSW dying each day from the Covid. It’s all part of Domicron pretending that Covid doesn’t exist, “let it rip”, is living with Covid.

  2. It would be helpful to report the number who are included in the figures of hospitalised covid patients, but for whom being ‘covid positive’ is only incidental, and is not the reason they are in hospital. They all get lumped in together in the stats which dramatically inflates the figures.

    • It would be helpful if people who die from covid were not so casually dismissed as ‘having underlying medical issues’.
      People who have had organ transplants et al and are other wise living active, productive lives and making a contribution to society prior to covid, but have reduced immunie systems, should not be treated so casually.

      And thanks to all the selfish, self absorbed lot who care so little for the health and safety of others that they ignore the mask wearing mandate, and the corporations who tolerate this shocking behaviour. Their businesses should be boycotted. They certainly won’t be getting any of my money.

      • I’m referring to all those who are going to hospital due to situations completely unrelated to covid, but then happen to test positive (they test everyone), and are listed in the statistics as being hospitalised covid patients, when they are actually either asymptomatic or do not have covid-related symptoms anywhere near serious enough to be hospitalised for. i.e. The reason they are in hospital is due to accidents, appendicitis, and all the other myriad reasons people are admitted to hospital every day. They should not be listed as hospitalised covid patients. It’s very misleading. Especially when they make up large numbers of cases (40-50% of covid cases in hospital, in certain NSW datasets cited by Brad Hazzard in his admission re this a few weeks ago.)

      • Your health in not my responsibility. It’s my body not yours. If Corona virus could kill you, so could influenza or any number of other things that are all around you right now.

      • Thank you Louise. It is not ‘cool’ to not wear a mask. It is just plain selfish. Not everyone has a strong immune system so to see these people blatantly “choosing” not to wear a mask is a definite statement saying they are choosing to jeopardise someone else’s health and possibly life.

  3. “‘We have always said we will respond to what is in front of us and tailor our approach as required and that is exactly what we are doing,’ Mr Perrottet said.”
    When did he first say this and where is it published?

    ‘We are transitioning to living with COVID and we will need to continually update our approach to ensure we are keeping people safe and protecting our health system’. Not clear what “our approach” is other than ‘Let it Rip’. The premier needs to provide the public with a full account of what he means by “transitioning to living with COVID” including the scientific evidence on which “our approach” is based and the measures which will be in place to evaluate his claim that he is “keeping people safe and protecting our health system”. Lots of folks have performance reviews based on performance criteria or KPIs. Let’s see some for this claim which is under his watch. By the way, who is “our” and what number of deaths are allowed in keeping people safe? Does it include school children who are to go back to school shortly with the majority unvaccinated?

    • Hmm Dr Richard, you might want to check the risk versus benefit analysis of injecting children with a drug that is not effective for the current variants. Despite the fearmongering, healthy children are not at great risk from Covid. That is a known fact. Was is not yet known are all the risks to all children from the jab.

      Here’s the latest World Health Organization update Jan 21, 2022 in case you missed it.

      “Children and adolescents tend to have milder disease compared to adults, so unless they are part of a group at higher risk of severe COVID-19, the priority should be to fully vaccinate older people, those with chronic health conditions and health workers.

      Vaccine trials for children are ongoing and WHO will update its recommendations when the evidence or epidemiological situation warrants a change in policy”

  4. And we senior, and other, fully vaccinated folk have to live with this while un-vaxed ‘influencers’ ignore the rules and spread covid all over the Shire.

    • Those shots you took don’t stop you catching and spreading. You should have been told that by the medical staff, it’s on the insert.

  5. According to Dr Genikov a ‘happening Covid is not a Covid’ even if the person has it
    due to the fact[?] that the patient arrived in hospital with another problem – got
    tested because medical people are expected – by law – to do exactly that. . . & in
    doing so the Pandemic [Covid] got found. Now that’s a fortunate outcome I’d say.
    May have saved a life or a dozen. Again – no matter how the disease was found
    Covid was in a great spot.


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