The NSW government has this afternoon issued new health advice around New Year’s Eve.
“We’re urging those sharing a kiss to keep their face masks on,” says Chief Health Officer DR Kerry Chant.
“You can still kiss through the fabric of the face mask. I acknowledge it may not be enjoyable as a normal kiss. But these are not normal times.”
It follows seperate advice from the NSW Premier to avoid kissing and hugging as much as possible, as new covid cases spread across Sydney.
“We know New Year’s Eve is a loving and affectionate time for many people,” says Kerry chant. “We’re just trying to ensure it’s also a safe and healthy time.”
While not compulsory, face mask use is being encouraged for those heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
“We need to limit as much saliva exchange as possible,” says Dr Kerry Chant.
The new advice is being welcomed by some.
“I’m not overly worried about covid, but I was going to keep my face mask on all night anyway,” says one young woman. “It’s a perfect deterrent against sleazy men.”
More to come.