As the Covid-19 epidemic continues to spread, there are calls for simplifying the lockdown rules and addressing language barriers throughout the Greater Sydney area.
At a press conference on Sunday, members of Congress criticized the frequently changing Covid-19 regulations as “confusing” and especially difficult to understand for those whose first language is not English.
The New South Wales Government has previously stated that language problems and the immigrant community’s distrust of the government and the police are one of the reasons for the growing outbreak in Sydney.
Michelle Rowland, the shadow communications minister and member of Greenway, including members of Blacktown and Prospect, said that language barriers are an issue that needs to be addressed urgently to ensure compliance with the rules.
“People want to do the right thing,” Ms. Roland said. “No one wants to be blocked…
“Nearly half of the population in the constituency I represent speak a language other than English at home. When I look up some information on the public website, it is actually easier to find specific information in Icelandic than Tamil.
“This shouldn’t happen. We need to make sure that everyone in the community understands the rules and gets information as easily as possible.
“We need to make sure that everyone in the community understands the rules.”
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Also speaking to the media on Sunday was Chris Bowen, a Labour Party member of McMahon, who urged the government to simplify the rules.
“The rules are complicated,” he said. “Once upon a time, now I represent four areas of local government, I have three sets of rules to try to explain to people, and even I feel very confused.
“There are different regulations on wearing masks. It has now been clarified that you do not need to wear a mask when you are alone in the car or when you exercise vigorously.
Mr Bowen said that Sydney residents should be aware that these rules are a matter of common sense.
“So let’s simplify the rules as much as possible,” Mr. Bowen said.
“Everyone wants to do the right thing. 99% of people want to do the right thing, no matter where they live, no matter their background. We all want to get through the difficulties as quickly as possible. The simpler the rules, the more consistent, the people will The easier it is to comply.”
Mr. Bowen also posted on his Facebook page today: “There is a lot of confusion about the new mask wearing rules for Fairfield, Cumberland, Blacktown and others announced by the LGA. And it’s fair enough because it’s confusing!
“According to the new regulations, you must wear a mask whenever you go out (including walking your dog on a cold morning at 6.30 to avoid encountering other people!).
“However, there are exemptions for strenuous exercise (running, cycling, etc.). (Although these are not clear on the New South Wales Government website, they have been announced).