“I think we have got to get used to it [mask wearing] being normal. If this increases the uptake of mask-wearing and contains the virus, which we know is still in the community, then this is welcome.”

St Ives’ Carmen Cortese, a graphic designer, was with partner Joshua Cortese in Chatswood on Saturday. They have worn masks since April. Of the new $200 fine, she said: “I think it should be higher to be honest, to entice people to keep on wearing them.”

Luca Aroney and Lauren Chadlowe were buying non-disposable masks. Mr Aroney said: “We went to buy reusable ones – we don’t like the disposable ones.” Commenting on the fine, he said: “I think that’s fair but I think it is going to be hard to enforce in general.”

Alejandra Gomez from Mexico, who lives in Roseville, was among a modest crowd of shoppers out in the drizzle in Chatswood. She wasn’t wearing a mask but says she does on public transport. “I wear a mask every day but not in the shops,” she said. “[From now] I’m going to wear a mask, definitely.”

Alejandra Gomez says she will wear a mask while shopping from now on.

Alejandra Gomez says she will wear a mask while shopping from now on.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

On the train from Chatswood to North Sydney about 70 per cent of people were wearing masks on Saturday.

Deb from Wollstonecraft, who did not give her surname, was wearing a mask despite sitting in a carriage on her own. She welcomed the new measures.

“I think it’s a good idea, it’s another aspect to the successful response we have had in NSW that the NSW government can add,” she said.

Fleur Brown, a spokeswoman for the Australian Retailers Association whose members include Woolworths, David Jones, Bunnings and Harvey Norman, said the group supported the move.

“We would back the NSW government based on their track record of being able to successfully manage this,” she said.

Angus Nardi, executive director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, said the mandating of masks in Victoria hadn’t impacted on trade and he didn’t anticipate it would in Greater Sydney.


“If someone comes into a centre without a mask they be asked if there is a valid reason for not wearing one,” he said.

“Depending on the circumstance they will be directed to where they can purchase one or possibly asked to leave the centre given that it is a government requirement.”

The Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies said all Anglican churches would naturally comply with the new restrictions.

“I have asked churches to be vigilant and cautious as Greater Sydney enters a new and dangerous phase of this pandemic,” he said. “

At the same time, we shall continue to pray that the spread of the virus will be contained and that all Australians will act responsibly.”

Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter

Stay across the news you need to know related to the pandemic. Sent Monday and Thursday. Sign up here.

Most Viewed in National


Source link

Categories: Daily Updates


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *