Lisa Wilkinson has called out NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for his 'backflip', after indoor mask mandates were re-introduced across the state overnight.
The Project host took to Twitter to point out that she had been calling for the reintroduction of tougher restrictions, including a mask mandate, even though Prime Minister Scott Morrison had insisted people didn't need to be "forced to do it".
"After Dom Perrottet and Scott Morrison insisted for weeks there was no need for indoor mask mandates, Perrottet backflips & reintroduces them along with QR code check-ins as cases surge in NSW to 5,715," she wrote.
"Turns out, it WAS a no-brainer."
Masks will be required in indoor settings in NSW until January 27, and density limits on venues and QR codes will also be reintroduced. Hospitality venues will move to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule in indoor settings from December 27 to January 27. Working from home if possible is also recommended.
Lisa Wilkinson was in a heated clash with former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth on The Project on Wednesday about mask mandates in Australia and whether enough was being done to flatten the spread of the virus in the lead-up to Christmas.
The journalist pointed to the fact that tens of thousands of people in NSW are facing Christmas in isolation as the Omicron COVID-19 variant continues to run rampant through the state.
“We’re just a couple of days away from Christmas. You’ve seen those numbers in NSW; they’re going through the roof. People’s Christmases are being destroyed, because that is the state where there is no mask mandate,” Lisa said
Lisa then brought up the Prime Minister’s comments about wearing a mask being like putting on sunscreen before you head to the beach, claiming it’s a person’s own responsibility.
“The problem with that is, if you choose not to wear sunscreen, you’re the only one who gets sunburnt. If you choose not to be Covid-safe and not to wear a mask indoors – which is what is happening in NSW right now – then you are putting everybody in the vicinity at risk. Isn’t it a no-brainer?"
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