NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian Says Lockdown Restrictions Will Not Be Eased By Mother's Day
The New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has shot down hopes that social distancing rules will be relaxed in time for Mother's Day.
The National Cabinet is due to meet tomorrow, and has widely been tipped to announce restrictions can be eased. Some reports suggest gatherings of up to 10 people will soon be allowed.
However, NSW won't be jumping at that opportunity straight off the bat.
Ms Berejiklian said: "I want to manage expectations and say if National Cabinet does suggest easing of restrictions, they won't be able to be made in time for Mother's Day.
"Having said that, please know that two adults and children can visit any mother at any one time and a mother can accept multiple visits a day so long as there is not too many people for each visit."
Rules were relaxed last week in NSW, which allowed two people to visit another household as long as they were providing care or support to limit social isolation.
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People were warned that they shouldn't take that as a chance to party.
Health authorities will be spending the next few days and weeks analysing whether the number of cases jumps jump as rules are eased.
"We have allowed for the relaxation of this restriction based on the definition or the extension of the definition of care. It doesn't mean we can all just relax and do what we like," the Premier said.
"We need to stay vigilant.
"We have seen around the world countries think they're over it, they get complacent and thousands of people die as a result in a very short period of time. We don't want to see it happen in NSW."
So, if you had big plans for Mother's Day with the whole family, you might want to reconsider them.
But people in Queensland will get to have a few more people than usual this weekend. Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk says Queenslanders will be allowed up to five people in a home from Sunday.
"Now, of course, this Sunday is Mothers' Day. And because Queensland has been doing such a great job, from Sunday, we will be allowing up to five members to visit a household right across Queensland. So that is great news for families," she said.
Featured Image Credit: Gladys Berejiklian