New South Wales’ public health orders will be changed today to ensure that day trips between Greater Sydney and the regions are not allowed when the state begins to reopen on Monday.
- No day trips between Greater Sydney and regional areas will be allowed until the state reaches the 80% double vaccination mark.
- Yesterday, a spokesman for the deputy prime minister’s office said recreational day trips would be allowed between the metro and the New South Wales region.
- But the public health order will be amended today.
New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole said it is currently a gray area, but it will be cleared up.
“I know the health orders were probably not clear enough,” Toole said.
“They are a little gray.
“Today it will become very clear to say in black and white that you cannot go from Greater Sydney to the regions and you cannot go from a regional community to Greater Sydney.”
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A spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister said yesterday that travel between Greater Sydney and the New South Wales region for recreational purposes would be allowed from Monday, provided it is not part of a holiday and travelers are fully vaccinated.
But the public health order also stated that there was no distance limit for travel and did not specify acceptable reasons for travel.
The wording of the public health order drew criticism from Kiama MP Gareth Ward.
“It’s a pretty unfortunate situation when a member of the cross table tells the government what their own rules mean,” Ward said.
Newcastle Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp said allowing people to travel between Sydney and the regions would have been outrageous.
“The first day of work and the prime minister and the deputy prime minister are tripping over each other,” Crakanthorp said.
“It is absolutely outrageous that they may consider sending people from Sydney to regions where our vaccination rates are only 59 percent,” he said.
Travel between Greater Sydney and regional areas will be allowed once the state reaches the 80 percent vaccination mark for those who are fully vaccinated.
Travel for essential reasons, including caregiver responsibilities and work, will continue to be permitted in accordance with current public health orders.
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