Australia is currently facing tough social distancing restrictions as we attempt to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
And so the one question constantly on everyone’s mind is – When will these restrictions start to be eased?
This morning NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined the Kyle and Jackie O show to try and give us some clarity on what we can expect in the coming weeks as she took listener questions.
One of the callers had a question about one restriction in particular, the restriction on weddings.
At the moment, people can only have a wedding with five guests including the bride and groom, their celebrant and the witnesses.
This means that anyone who had their wedding booked in for this month or in the near future has had to put their big plans on hold, which can not only be an expensive ordeal but an emotional one too.
Our caller was a bride-to-be and asked the Premier when this restriction in particular would be eased.
“With weddings, when will those restrictions loosen or can we expect more than five people but less than 50 at some point?” asked our caller Josie.
Unfortunately it wasn’t great news, with Gladys telling her that there are currently “no plans” for the five person limit to be lifted.
“Good question and congratulations if you’re about to get married, and I know it’s a stressful time for a lot of brides but we haven’t yet decided when that is likely to be,” said Gladys.
“So for the foreseeable future unfortunately the restrictions have to stay in place when it comes to what we call gatherings because unfortunately we’re seen occasions where one couple who got married had up to 30 people get the disease at their wedding.
“And none of us want to see that happen and unfortunately a lot of the breakouts that we’ve had in Australia have been at either religious gatherings or weddings and the like and we don’t want to see that happen.
“So unfortunately for all the blushing brides out there I”m sorry you’re going to have to wait a bit longer,” she added. “I appreciate what a stressful time it is and just know that we’re thinking of you.”
As for when other social distancing restrictions currently in place across NSW could start to be wound back, the Premier said that they’re trying to take their time to make sure that things remain as safe as possible for everyone.
“Every time you relax restrictions you’re going to see more cases,” Gladys told us. “We hope that by easing ourselves back, that if you do it in stages you can control it a bit better and then not have to go back.”
“Not only have we used this time to stop the spread and we’ve done very well at that, but we’ve also used the time to get our hospitals ready, get all the other places ready, make sure that we all get used to social distancing because even if you say to people, ‘You can do this or that’, you still have to have to 1.5 meter distance, you still have to do all those other things.
“Until there’s a vaccine or a cure we’re going to have to live with this and that’s the reality of it.”
Gladys Berejiklian also addressed schools going back next term just one day a week and the new tracking app proposed by the government to help stop the spread of coronavirus.