NSW gyms will be required to appoint a permanent ‘COVID Marshal’ to ensure COVID safety measures are enforced at all times from Friday midnight, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced today.
“This includes gyms where they have a business model where they don’t have any staff present, that can no longer continue,” the Premier said.
She said NSW was at a “critical” point of the pandemic, as the state recorded 19 new cases today.
“NSW is holding the line but as I’ve been saying for a number of weeks we are at a very critical stage of the pandemic.”
“We have the opportunity to get through the next few weeks and continue on our strong path or, if we don’t all do the right thing, we will go down the path of having more cases and having to consider additional measures to reduce those cases and we don’t want to be in that position.”
The announcement came as Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk declared Greater Sydney a new COVID-19 hotspot, closing state borders to the NSW jurisdiction.
It comes after two new cases were recorded in Queensland overnight. The confirmed cases are two 19-year-old women who travelled to the sunshine state from Victoria last week. One of the women is a staff member of Parklands Christian College south of Brisbane, which recorded a positive coronavirus case in a staff member this week.