Read the leaked email Kerry Chant sent pleading for MORE Covid rules over the summer, but her calls for restrictions were IGNORED
- Kerry Chant urged Dominic Perrottet to reintroduce Covid restrictions
- Leaked emails sent in January show a series of recommendations from CHO
- The NSW government did not listen to his advice, allowing Australians to enjoy the summer
Dr Kerry Chant sent an urgent email to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his Cabinet pleading with them to reintroduce Covid restrictions with a rise in cases – but they ignored his advice.
The Chief Health Officer (CHO) sent out recommendations to reduce the spread of the highly infectious strain of Omicron on January 3, with numbers running into the tens of thousands a day.
Dr Chant has called for density limits, a ban on standing in pubs and clubs while drinking, a ban on singing and dancing, and even the cancellation of festivals in leaked correspondence obtained by the Sydney Telegraph.
“To slow the spread to allow time for back-up administration and to flatten the curve to reduce the impact on critical services, the following recommendations are made for enterprise-wide implementation State,” she wrote.
Dr Kerry Chant (pictured) recommended Dominic Perrottet introduce a number of new restrictions in January – but all were ignored by the NSW Premier
The NSW CHO wanted density restrictions in hospitals reduced to one person per four square meters, with people required to sit while consuming alcohol.
Dr Chant also wanted singing and dancing banned and family gatherings limited to 10 people.
These rules would coincide with the mandates in place after Sydney’s lockdown was lifted in October.
She called for large indoor events to restore capacity limits, including sporting events and concerts, with higher standards of Covid safety practices in place.
Dr Chant also warned the Tamworth Musical Festival could become a ‘superspreader series of events’ and hinted it should be canned.
The email, sent on January 3, calls for a number of changes, including the cancellation of the Tamworth Music Festival which she said could become a “series of superspreading events”.
“The festival attracts a demographic (a large number of older people) at higher risk of serious illness from all of rural New South Wales,” she wrote.
“Many have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and, due to the longer interval between doses, will not have had to receive a booster, with a great risk of breakthrough infection and disease.”
A spokesman for the prime minister said the state’s ‘number one priority’ was keeping its residents safe, but said he was considering a slew of factors when it came to reintroducing restrictions.
Mr Perrottet (pictured) was slammed by Labr for ‘ignoring’ Dr Chant’s advice
“The NSW Government has adapted and will continue to adapt its response to the pandemic as necessary based on the circumstances we face, taking into account advice regarding the impacts on a range of issues including our health system, the community mental health and the economy,” they said.
A Labor health spokesman accused Mr Perrottet of ‘ignoring’ the advice of his health director.
“The Prime Minister’s decision to essentially ignore expert health advice has had devastating effects on our community both in terms of the health care system and the economy,” Ryan Park said.