Covid: Bec Judd says Dominic Perrottet is Australia’s only sensible leader


Melbourne WAG Rebecca Judd has thrown her support behind NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet after he announced on Friday the state was abandoning home and hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals from November 1.

Judd, 38, who has been a fierce critic of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ failed Covid-zero strategy, said it was a relief to finally have an Australian leader making sensible policy decisions during the pandemic.

The wife of AFL great Chris Judd shared a news article on Instagram on Friday about the quarantine being scrapped, and wrote: ‘They’ll also need to return a negative Covid test before boarding. Finally somebody is making sense here in Australia.

‘Hooray! Hopefully the other states follow suit.’ 

Footy WAG Rebecca Judd (pictured with husband Chris Judd) has thrown her support behind NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet after he announced on Friday the state was abandoning home and hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals from November 1

She also commented ‘farrrrk yassss’ on a tweet about Victoria opening up to fully vaccinated NSW residents, who will no longer have to go into quarantine for 14 days from October 19.

There’s no doubt millions of Australians share Judd’s relief that vaccinated residents are finally being rewarded for doing the responsible thing by getting jabbed.

The former Channel Nine weather presenter has made no secret of her contempt for Mr Andrews, who has prioritised lockdowns in Victoria rather than taking NSW’s approach that vaccination is the only road out of the pandemic.

Judd, 38, who has been a fierce critic of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' failed Covid-zero strategy, said it was a relief to finally have an Australian state leader like Mr Perrottet (pictured) making sensible policy decisions during the pandemic

Judd, 38, who has been a fierce critic of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ failed Covid-zero strategy, said it was a relief to finally have an Australian state leader like Mr Perrottet (pictured) making sensible policy decisions during the pandemic

She shared a news article on Instagram on Friday about the quarantine being scrapped, and wrote: 'They'll also need to return a negative Covid test before boarding. Finally somebody is making sense here in Australia. Hooray! Hopefully the other states follow suit'

She shared a news article on Instagram on Friday about the quarantine being scrapped, and wrote: ‘They’ll also need to return a negative Covid test before boarding. Finally somebody is making sense here in Australia. Hooray! Hopefully the other states follow suit’

She also commented 'farrrrk yassss' on this tweet about Victoria opening up to fully vaccinated NSW residents, who will no longer have to go into quarantine for 14 days from October 19

She also commented ‘farrrrk yassss’ on this tweet about Victoria opening up to fully vaccinated NSW residents, who will no longer have to go into quarantine for 14 days from October 19

She made headlines in September last year when she criticised the Victorian premier for his draconian lockdown laws on Instagram.

She snuck in a swipe at Mr Andrews in a sponsored post for a cardboard company, writing: ‘@the_little_cardboard_co perfect for iso and upcoming school holidays as it seems Dictator Dan will be locking Victorians in our homes even longer.’

She later deleted the post after facing backlash from Mr Andrews’ supporters.

Critic: Judd made headlines in September last year when she criticised Mr Andrews for his draconian lockdown laws on Instagram

Critic: Judd made headlines in September last year when she criticised Mr Andrews for his draconian lockdown laws on Instagram

Post: She snuck in a swipe at the premier in this sponsored post for a cardboard company, writing: '@the_little_cardboard_co perfect for iso and upcoming school holidays as it seems Dictator Dan will be locking Victorians in our homes even longer'

Post: She snuck in a swipe at the premier in this sponsored post for a cardboard company, writing: ‘@the_little_cardboard_co perfect for iso and upcoming school holidays as it seems Dictator Dan will be locking Victorians in our homes even longer’

Hotel quarantine will be scrapped in NSW and new freedoms will be restored next week as the state prepares to open up to the world on November 1.

NSW is the first state in the country to announce it will open to travellers from overseas and scrap quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated.

‘Sydney [and] NSW is open for business,’ Mr Perrottet said on Friday.

‘We want people back… Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and NSW to the world – and that date will come on November 1.

‘We will work closely with the Commonwealth to ensure protections are in place so we keep people safe but re-join the world. This is a significant day for our state.’

Hotel quarantine will be scrapped in NSW and new freedoms will be restored next week as the state prepares to open up to the world on November 1, Mr Perrottet announced on Friday

Hotel quarantine will be scrapped in NSW and new freedoms will be restored next week as the state prepares to open up to the world on November 1, Mr Perrottet announced on Friday

Deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres said fully vaccinated people would be able to return to Australia without any form of quarantine.

‘That is not hotel quarantine, that is not home quarantine, you will be able to return home. If you are a person from another country who wants to visit or work in Australia, and you are fully vaccinated, you will be able to come to Australia and not have to quarantine,’ Mr Ayres said.

Unvaccinated people will still be required to hotel quarantine.

WHAT’S ALLOWED FROM NOVEMBER 1 

From November 1 rules will relax further to allow travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

NSW will also welcome international tourists and workers from all countries with no quarantine at all if they are fully vaccinated. 

Cap of 210 unvaccinated arrivals per week with 14-day hotel quarantine still enforced for them.

The 20 person cap on bookings at bars will also be removed on this day. 

‘People coming into NSW, if they are transiting on to another state, they’ll have to abide by restrictions in that state so if that state requires quarantining people coming from NSW, they will still have to abide by that,’ Mr Ayres said.

‘This will create a chance for people to come to NSW through Sydney and will also present a huge opportunity for Australians who haven’t been able to access flights because of the caps that we put in place to protect our local health systems.’

Meanwhile, Mr Perrottet said from Monday house visitation limits will double from 10 to 20 and outdoor gatherings from 30 to 50.

‘Standing up in pubs will be back. There will be no limits on weddings and funerals,’ he said.

Major recreation facilities will be allowed to host 5,000 spectators while entertainment facilities can return to 75 per cent capacity.

Weddings and funerals will no longer have a cap on the number of guests.

The 20-person cap on bookings at restaurants and other hospitality venues will also be scrapped from November 1.

‘We have only been able to do this because of the significant effort of the people across New South Wales have made in getting us to this point,’ Mr Perrottet said.

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole confirmed the decision to delay travel to the regions until November 1 had been taken because of the risk to communities where vaccination rates lag behind the cities.

Delaying regional travel was necessary to protect communities from a virus outbreak because only 36 per cent of regional local government areas have populations where 80 per cent are double vaccinated.

Kicking goals: NSW is quickly closing in on its 80 per cent of adults double vaccinated target as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

Kicking goals: NSW is quickly closing in on its 80 per cent of adults double vaccinated target as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

The eased restrictions will come after NSW quietly launched the vaccine passport overnight.

For those who have received both jabs and have the updated Service NSW app on their phones, their vaccine status will pop up when they check into a venue using the standard QR code process.

Sydneysiders previously had to scroll through their Medicare app or carry a paper certificate to prove to staff they’d been jabbed but now a green tick will appear whenever they sign into a business.

For those wanting to take advantage of the new ‘VaxPass’ they will need to ensure their MyGov account account has been linked to Medicare.

Then either through the online MyGov site or the Express Plus Medicare app users are instructed to click ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’.

They will then be given the option to choose their Covid vaccine digital certificate and link this with the Service NSW app.

Hitting targets: Some 77.4 per cent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine with 80 per cent expected to be double-jabbed by Saturday

Hitting targets: Some 77.4 per cent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine with 80 per cent expected to be double-jabbed by Saturday

Meanwhile, NSW residents who have been fully vaccinated will soon be allowed to travel to Victoria without having to go into quarantine for 14 days.

From October 19, double-jabbed residents arriving from ‘red zones’ will be required to get tested for Covid-19 three days before travelling to Victoria. They must then get tested when they enter Victoria and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Residents travelling from ‘orange zones’ will no longer be required to get a test or isolate.

Health Minister Martin Foley said it was time to start rewarding fully-vaccinated travellers.

‘Our border settings are changing as we move towards a managed easing of restrictions – and people who are fully vaccinated have a right to reduced requirements because they present reduced risk,’ he said. 

Freedoms at 80 per cent jab rate 

Masks and QR codes:

Masks required for all staff and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12).

Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).

Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).

COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers.

Visiting family and friends:

Up to 20 visitors allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits do not apply for children under the age of 12).

Small outdoor gatherings and recreation permitted for up to 50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).

Visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.

Exercise and recreation:

Gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.

No distance limits apply for exercise or recreation.

Indoor swimming pools open for swimming lessons, training and rehab activities.

Community sports permitted for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.

Shopping and personal services: 

Non-critical retail open with density limits (people who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail via Click & Collect).

No customer limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours), density limits apply.

Sex services premises reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality: 

Hospitality open with density limit for up to 20 people per booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).

No singing indoors (except for performers).

Dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs).

Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.

Working from home:

Employers allow staff to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Employers require staff who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment:

Major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks, and race courses) open with density limits for up to 5000 people, or by exemption.

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres) reopen with density limit or 75% fixed seated capacity.

Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) reopen with density limits.

COVID safe outdoor gatherings permitted for up to 200 people.

Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticketed) permitted for up to 3000 people with density limit.

Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinking and no dancing.

Weddings and religious services:

Wedding ceremonies permitted with no person limit (5-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated), density limit still applies.

Wedding receptions permitted with no person limits (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing, and dancing is permitted, density limit still apply.

Funerals permitted with no person limit (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and eating and drinking allowed while standing, density limits still apply.

Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits.

Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers may perform in places of worship and at religious services.    

Source: NSW Government   

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