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‘Very, very lousy’ communication from state government on latest lockdown: Shellharbour Mayor

When the lockdown was announced on Saturday a lot of you were confused and curious as to the status of Shellharbour, which was included in the initial restrictions, but omitted from the locked down regions.

To be clear, it is included, but Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said her constituents were very confused.

“There was no announcement that Shellharbour would be included in this lockdown and I think it’s total incompetence from the Premier, the Deputy Premier and the Minister for Health in making this announcement, because it’s sent my community into disarray.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro actually said on Twitter shortly after the government’s announcement that it absolutely wasn’t, but then corrected himself later on in the evening.

Ms Saliba said if Shellharbour was locked down then Kiama should be too.

“There are no active cases in Shellharbour. … I know the Deputy Premier said that it was about interconnectivity [workers travelling between Shellharbour and Wollongong] but, of course, 60 per cent of Kiama work in other areas, like Wollongong and Sydney. So they should also be included in this blanket lockdown if it’s about interconnectivity. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

But even knowing they are under lockdown, people are still confused, and the comments we get on this blog would certainly back that up.

“I had a florist contact me and ask if it was OK for him to open his business. Now, the way I look at it, if funerals are still going ahead and weddings are still going ahead, then florists are required. You just look at having no contact — deliver the flowers, pay online, that sort of thing — but people don’t know what the requirements are for them and their businesses. I think the state government have done a very, very lousy job of selling this particular public health order to the community.”

But she also urged people, now that the lockdown is clear, to follow the rules. Mask up and stay home.

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