Premier Blames Potts Point Covid Cluster On ‘Increase In Alcohol Fuelled Violence’

The NSW Premier is flaggeding tougher lockout laws for Kings Cross and Potts Point after a reported spike in alcohol fuelled violence in the area.

“A increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic has triggered several one-punch attacks,” says Gladys Berejiklian.

“This has unfortunately led to an increase in community based Covid transmissions.”

The Potts Point Coronavirus cluster currently sits at 19 cases, six of them linked to the Apollo restaurant.

Earlier this year, Sydney’s night time lockout laws were scrapped everywhere except Kings Cross and Potts Point.

The Premier says those laws will now need to be strengthened in a bid to control the area’s coronavirus outbreaks.

“The state government is considering banning all alcohol sales in the area,” says Gladys Berejiklian. “We already have widespread community support for this.”

The health department says its also looking at introducing mandatory hand glove use, aimed at reducing the chance of spreading of Covid-19 during one-punch attacks.