“We wear those ridiculous Christmas party hats you get out of the bon-bons. I can’t see why we wouldn’t wear masks.” Dr Veitch, Tasmania’s Director of Public Health announcing the compulsory wearing of masks indoors commencing tomorrow.
Is it just me or does having to wear a mask seem like a massive step backwards?
Tasmanians have followed government instructions and been compliant during the pandemic. We have always been told that health was the priority, and that policy was in accordance with advice from health professionals. Until 15th December this resulted in Tasmania being one of the safest places in the world. It also resulted in Tasmania being ranked number one for seven consecutive quarters in the CommSec State of the States report.
Most Tasmanians have never had it so good.
Suddenly health is not the priority, and we now have to learn to live with a projected 50,000 coronavirus cases. The health advice is that masks are more fun than Christmas party hats. And our economic prosperity is jeopardised by the consequences that will inevitably flow from significant case numbers.
Our Premier, Peter Gutwein, has done a tremendous job leading us through the pandemic but reopening borders last week in the face of the Omicron variant was a mistake.