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AMA NSW President, Dr Danielle McMullen, said people shouldn’t need to be threatened with punishment to comply with sensible recommendations to prevent this very contagious and dangerous virus from spreading.
“The government has been asking the community to do the right thing and while many people have responded, infections persist, and NSW is struggling to return to the previous environment where it had no community transmission.”
AMA has repeatedly lobbied the Government to tighten existing restrictions on indoor gatherings.
“We know this sounds like a lot to ask of the community, but the alternative to this could very well be Victorian-style stage four lockdowns, and we do not want to see those kinds of conditions imposed in NSW,” Dr Khorshid said.
“All of this said, we would need both the NSW and Federal Governments to help people in the community and businesses, particularly for obtaining masks that provide adequate protection.”
“Even surgical and reusable masks that people in the community will need to comply with government advice can be very expensive and hard to obtain,” Dr McMullen said.
“If the Government does mandate the usage of masks, it has a responsibility to ensure that everyone who needs one can source one that is adequate to their needs.”