New mask mandate introduced for millions of Australians as Covid-19 cases continue to rise ahead of summer
- Masks will again be mandatory in New South Wales hospitals
Mask mandates have been reintroduced in hospitals across New South Wales as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise.
“Making these changes now will allow our employees and the community to look forward to the holiday season with greater confidence,” said NSW Health Deputy Secretary Deb Willcox.
Mask mandates have been reintroduced to New South Wales hospitals as Dr. Kerry Chant confirms we are entering the fourth wave of coivd
“Family and loved ones can still spend time with patients, but we are asking people to limit the number of visitors who come to see patients at the same time.
“Visitors, as well as staff, will now also be required to wear a mask in all areas of a hospital or health service, not just in patient areas, as was previously required.”
The new rule comes after New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned the state is entering the fourth wave of Covid.
NSW recorded 22,672 new infections this week, an increase of 52 percent.
“The wave takes up a certain trajectory, it’s going to be quite a steep wave and hopefully the drop is just as steep.
“That’s why it’s important for the community to take these protective measures now and I can’t stress the urgency – if you’re going to get vaccinated, do it immediately.”