New South Wales Health Minister has delivered a breathtaking and unusual warning against “kissing and cuddling” within homes as greater Sydney battles cabin fever during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Overnight, NSW recorded 16 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus with 13 of those in isolation for their infectious periods.
Greater Sydney is in its second week of stay-at-home order issued on Saturday, June 26.
However, concerns are mounting that residents are breaching the restrictions after Sydney’s beaches were seen packed with people over the weekend.
Mr Hazzard was also concerned Sydney residents were leaving their homes to visit friends and family, which is not allowed except for a variety of reasons.
That includes food shopping, work, exercise or to provide care to family members.
Visitors are not allowed to a home except for a number of provisions including helping a person to move or parental arrangements.
Mr Hazzard referenced cult classic Australian comedy The Castle in issuing a warning against visiting other residences.
“Right now the most dangerous place is actually our homes,” Mr Hazzard said on Sunday.
“Aussies tend to think of their home as their castle, but right now it can be Covid central.
“There is only one reason why you should be leaving your home at the present time, and that is caring for somebody who needs that care.
“If you do have the need to go to someone’s home, it would be very wise for you to avoid kissing, cuddling, closeness or any proximity at all could mean this virus can get you and spread it then to others when you leave that house.”
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned people against visiting others in their homes. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia