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NSW Health Minister Slams People Using Fake Names When Checking Into Venues

NSW Health Minister Slams People Using Fake Names When Checking Into Venues

Brad Hazzard isn't impressed with patrons not entering their correct info when checking into venues.

Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch

The NSW Health Minister has slammed people giving false information when signing into venues.

Brad Hazzard said it was 'about as stupid as it gets' when it comes to residents thinking it's hilarious to give a fake name.

The MP didn't beat around the bush when it came to his thoughts on pranksters leaving monikers that make it difficult for contact tracers to do their job.

"What we're finding is some of the visitors to various venues still think that it's funny to be putting in there that you're 'Donald Duck' or 'Mickey Mouse' or (giving) a false phone number," Hazzard said.

"That must stop. This is a worldwide COVID pandemic. And thinking it's smart to call yourself Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse is about as stupid as it gets. So that must cease.

"Secondly, businesses who do have QR codes and are using other than the Service New South Wales providers really need to equip themselves now with the knowledge of who they call in the event that they get a call from Health."

Hazzard's warning comes following Premier Gladys Berijiklian announcing that an outbreak related to Sydney's Northern Breaches had grown by 15 cases coronavirus to a total of 83. All have been linked to the Avalon cluster.

She added that a whopping 38,000 people were tested in the past day.

Despite seeing more promising numbers than yesterday, she added that they would be monitoring the situation before deciding on what would come next.

"Obviously, we have halved the number of cases overnight, but in a pandemic, there is a level of volatility, so we'll closely monitor what happens obviously to 8:00 pm tonight and we'll be making a final call on Wednesday morning.

"I appreciate how frustrating it is, and I would love to be able to tell everybody today what Christmas might look like in New South Wales or the Northern Beaches. But we're not in a position to do that yet.

"And I appreciate the community has been extremely patient, but I also appreciate, I think that the community understands our position.

"We want to make sure that we keep people healthy. We also want to make sure that we reduce that social isolation and don't allow people to have adverse mental health consequences because of what Christmas or New Year's might look like for them."

Featured Image Credit: Seven

Topics: covid, Australia