Scott Morrison has donned a mask as he went grocery shopping just hours after NSW residents were urged to wear face coverings in public.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday advised NSW residents to wear masks outside from Monday as the state desperately tries to avoid a Victoria-style outbreak.
In solidarity with the latest advice, the Prime Minister shared a photo on Instagram of himself wearing a disposable covering as he headed out to the supermarket.
‘Had to pop out to pick up a few things here in Sydney, so followed the NSW Premier’s advice announced earlier today (and put a mask on in the car before heading into the shops),’ he wrote.
Scott Morrison shared a photo on Instagram (pictured) of himself wearing a mask as he went to the supermarket on Sunday afternoon
‘Protects others you come in contact with in enclosed areas, in particular the retail salespeople just doing their jobs.
‘Not a lot to ask. All in this together.’
Australians praised the Prime Minister for ‘leading by example’.
‘Well done Scomo ! We are all in this together!’ one woman wrote.
Another added: ‘You’re a champion, leading by example.’
Mr Morrison urged NSW residents to follow the Premier’s advice to ‘protect others you come in contact with’
Ms Berejiklian said authorities would not make mask usage mandatory in NSW, but revised their current recommendations to address four specific circumstances.
Masks should be worn by public-facing employees such as hospitality or supermarket workers, worshippers and residents of suburbs near COVID-19 clusters, as well as in situations where social distancing is impossible.
‘We have been talking about masks for several weeks but obviously the persistent situation in Victoria gives us cause for alarm in terms of the potential for further seeding in NSW, and it is about risk mitigation strategy,’ Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday.
‘We’re going to the next stage of assessing what else and how else we can decrease the risk and break the current chain coming through NSW.’
NSW residents are being recommended to wear face masks in public as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise. Pictured: a shopper wears a face mask in Woolworths in Sydney on Friday
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she will wear a face mask when she goes grocery shopping
Ms Berejiklian said she will be heeding the advice of health authorities in her daily life, calling wearing a mask ‘the fourth line of defence’.
‘I want to stress it is not compulsory, but it is a strong recommendation from NSW Health, given where we are in the pandemic, given the risk posed from Victoria and given the rate of community transmission in New South Wales,’ she said.
‘I myself, when I next go grocery shopping, will be wearing a mask.’
FACE MASK RECOMMENDATIONS IN NEW SOUTH WALES:
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Sunday the four situations she strongly recommends NSW residents should wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Residents who live in or near coronavirus clusters are recommended to wear face masks in public, as well as churchgoers in places of worship.
Workers who interact directly with the general public such as hospitality and supermarket workers should also wear masks, along with anyone in a situation where social distancing is impossible.
‘Firstly, if you are in an enclosed space and you cannot guarantee social distancing, such as public transport, such as when you are buying groceries, you should be wearing a mask,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
‘We would also like to see more staff to a customer facing wearing masks, whether they are in hospitality venues or whether they are in retail. Whenever they are facing customers, we strongly recommend that they wear masks.
‘If you are attending a place of worship, we want you to wear a mask. If you are attending a church, synagogue or mosque, we would like you to wear a mask.
‘And finally, if you are in an area where there is high community transmission or a number of cases, we want you to wear a mask.’
NSW recorded 12 new cases – with just one in hotel quarantine – in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday from almost 22,500 cases.
Eight people are in intensive care, with at least 103 being treated for the virus in hospital.
Two of the 12 new cases are childcare workers from the Advanced Early Learning Centre in Merrylands, where a staff member worked for three days while infected last week.
A nurse takes a nasal swab from a patient at the Bondi Beach coronavirus drive-through testing facility on Thursday
The Thai Rock Wetherill Park (pictured) cluster has grown to near 100 cases, while the Potts Point restaurant has reached 24
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty on Saturday said seven cases in the past week had not been linked to known cases, emanating from southwestern Sydney, western Sydney, southeastern Sydney and Sydney local health districts.
The announcement followed the Saturday death of an 83-year-old man connected to the Crossroads Hotel cluster in southwest Sydney died, taking the NSW death toll to 52 and the nationwide tally past 200.
It was the first coronavirus-related death in NSW since late May.
The Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster is nearing 100 cases, while the cluster in Potts Point has reached 24 and the funeral events cluster sits at 33.
A popular venue on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, meanwhile, was on Saturday forced to shut after hosting a COVID-positive patron on the afternoon of July 24.
The Bavarian in Manly underwent deep cleaning and reopened to the public on Saturday afternoon. Patrons on the afternoon of July 24 should monitor for respiratory symptoms.
The Bavarian bar and restaurant on Manly Wharf was forced to close for deep cleaning after a coronavirus scare before reopening on Saturday afternoon
A cleaner in Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills on Friday after the venue was exposed to coronavirus
The Harpoon & Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Matinee Coffee in Marrickville and Tan Viet in Cabramatta are among other venues required to undertake deep cleaning in recent days.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott on Sunday said nine fines had been issued overnight for breaching restrictions, while Liquor and Gaming NSW has fined Sydney’s Watsons Bay Hotel $5,000 after finding patrons drinking while standing and poorly-spaced poker machines.
It was the 15th NSW venue to be fined in the past three weeks for breaches.
‘It beggars belief that anybody would turn on the TV news bulletin today and see what’s going on in Melbourne and want to breach the law in NSW,’ Mr Elliott told reporters.
NSW Police said the fines were issued on Saturday night in relation to large parties in East Jindabyne and Maroubra, while a separate beach party in Mosman is being investigated after two 16-year-old girls required medical treatment for excessive alcohol consumption.
Two men wearing face masks use hand sanitiser before entering The Bavarian at Manly Wharf on Saturday