Lisa Wilkinson has sent out a strong message to the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, after a recent trip to the shops proved not everyone is taking the wearing of face masks in NSW seriously.
“Just did some shopping at the local IGA & I was literally the only shopper wearing a mask. When I politely asked the only one of three staff wearing a mask at the checkout what the store policy was, she said, it’s up to us. @GladysB I don’t think your message is getting through,” Lisa said on Twitter.
The Project host continued, saying: “I can’t help wondering if part of the whole reluctance-to-wear-a-mask-unless-it’s-mandated thing is because it’s a very Australian thing not to want to stand out from the crowd? A bit like not wanting to be the first one on the dance floor…”
The NSW government is strongly recommending people wear masks in high-risk situations.
Gladys Berejiklian revealed in a press conference last week that she now carries a mask at all times and suggested everyone follow suit for situations where social distancing is impossible.
Public-facing workers, worshippers, people living near community clusters and those in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport or in grocery stores, should wear face masks.
Gladys Berejiklian stopped short of making masks compulsory but said elderly people or those suffering underlying health issues should also wear masks.
This isn’t the first time Lisa has spoken out against people not wearing masks while out in enclosed spaces.
Last week, the 60-year-old posted a photo to Twitter showing her wearing a face mask alongside the caption: “So I headed to my local Woolies in NSW today, and I reckon there was maybe 10% (if that) of customers wearing masks. And before you ask, yes I was wearing mine.”
With extra reporting by AAP