NSW registers 35 new cases, Queensland registers eight cases and no new cases in Victoria
Thank you for joining me this morning, I am logging out now and delivering the blog live to my colleague David Estcourt.
I leave you with this update from Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar, who answered questions about how Super Netball could have up to 5,000 fans at the John Cain Arena this weekend, but until ‘to 4,000 dance music fans were unable to attend a Music Festival.
Entertainment and hospitality operators continue to be frustrated with restrictions and caps on their activities and events, with health officials reversing their decision to allow the Paradigm festival in Port Melbourne this weekend on Friday. who reportedly saw around 4,000 dance music fans attend the event. two days.
While noting that these decisions were made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Professor Brett Sutton and his team, Mr Weimar explained that it was not the right time to organize musical events while epidemics were underway. in several states.
“At this point where interstate epidemics are happening around the place to have major musical activity with, as I understand it, a good number of people in a confined space for many hours, I think it’s appropriate [to stop it] for this particular period given the broader restrictions on which we still operate.
Mr Weimar said he felt for the organizers of the Paradigm Festival and other events that could not take place at the present time.
He stressed that the length of a music festival in relation to a sporting event was a factor taken into account by the authorities, although he added that he did not know the details of this case.
“We’re always looking to strike the right balance between the overall level of movement in our company and our community, how do we deal with the overall level of exposure when we still have an engaged transmission going on, and chances are we certainly can. having people coming back from the interstate incubating, ”Mr. Weimar said.
“If there is a risk that they find one or two people, and we found five people yesterday, who don’t do the right thing and get into these kinds of events, that would represent really significant risks. .
“That’s why we’re trying to deal with it in any way we can. You will still be able to find apparent inconsistencies between why I can’t have a lot of people in my house but I can have a lot of people in a restaurant – this is because the restaurant has a QR code and has certain controls in place. .
“People who attend annual sporting events are arguably less at risk than people who attend indoor events, but again, it’s all decided on its merits. I do not have the papers in front of me relating to the details of this particular event.
“I understand it’s frustrating. I understand that people are disappointed when they work so hard to put these things together that they find they can’t handle them at some point.
“But this is the nature of a pandemic that we are all going through right now.”