Kerry Chant to take her first break in TWO YEARS at the same time NSW scraps many of her Covid rules
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant will take three weeks of annual leave
Dr Chant will go on a break when the state lifts remaining Covid-19 restrictions
Mask mandates for indoor public venues are set to be scrapped on Februrary 27
Workers to return to office by March 1 as regular public transport resumes
By Miriah Davis For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 23:10 GMT, 16 February 2022 | Updated: 23:10 GMT, 16 February 2022
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant will take a break when the state scraps the remainder of its Covid-19 restrictions.
The government has confirmed Dr Marianne Gale will step into the role from February 28 while Dr Chant takes three weeks of annual leave.
‘Like her colleagues in NSW Health, Dr Chant has worked extremely hard during the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic and is looking forward to spending some time with her family during this planned leave,’ NSW Health said.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant (pictured) will take three weeks of annual leave when the state lifts the remainder of its Covid-19 restrictions
The top doctor will take her longest break since the pandemic began as the state plans to lift the bulk of its Covid restrictions on February 27.
Mask mandates for indoor public venues, QR codes and density limits are set to be scrapped under the new rules, with workers asked to return to the office by March 1.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said Dr Chant ‘worked flat out’ during the pandemic, as the Delta and Omicron Covid-19 variants ravaged the state.
‘She works 18 to 20-hour days, seven days a week. Any leave she wants, she should get, and we should double it. It is a long-awaited and extremely well-deserved break,’ he said.
The long-overdue break will come as Premier Dominic Perrottet plans to axe the state’s remaining Covid restrictions by the end of the month.
Mr Perrottet said he wants to ‘bring life back to the CBD’ as the Omicron wave of new Covid cases continues to decline with 10,463 cases reported on Wednesday.
Mask mandates for indoor public venues, QR codes and density limits are set to be scrapped by the end of the month, with workers asked to return to the office by March 1 (pictured, residents are seen wearing masks in Sydney’s CBD)
Currently, masks must be worn in all indoor public venues including supermarkets, shopping centres, pubs and cafes.
Mr Perrottet said ‘you can’t have people come back into the CBD where they have to wear masks’ and confirmed his cabinet were meeting to discuss the lifting of all Covid restrictions.
He said the NSW Goverment were still working through a number of other issues but would re-convene on mask use and density levels before the February 27 cut-off date.
Sydney’s public transport services will also return to a regular timetable at the end of the month to align with the return of workers to the office.
Public transport has been running on a reduced timetable since last month because of staff shortages caused by the Covid-19 Omicron wave.
Covid-19 restrictions, such as indoor mask mandates, remain in force until February 27 with the state government keen to get workers back into offices when they lift.
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