The Victorian Greens are calling on the state government to start the “intensive promotion” of mask mandates in light of a new Covid wave.
In a conference on Saturday, Dr Tim Read, the Victorian Greens spokesman for health, called on the re-elected Andrews government to introduce an “intensive education campaign.” The party has made their views on the current lack of mandates clear, calling for Mr Andrews to introduce mask rules for crowded indoor spaces like public transportation and planes, as well as events and venues. They are also calling for the improvement of indoor air quality where people are dining and are unlikely to be wearing masks.
The Australian Greens have been vocal in their criticism of the lack of stringent measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, especially in light of the recent resurgence in cases in Melbourne. In Saturday’s conference, Dr Read said that the current situation was “unacceptable” and that there needed to be a greater focus on preventing the virus from spreading. He also called for better ventilation in indoor spaces where people are likely to take their masks off, such as restaurants.
The party is also calling for more comprehensive contact tracing measures, as well as improved testing and quarantine facilities for international arrivals. It is worth noting that the Greens did support the state government’s decision to impose a hard lockdown in February, which many credit with helping to bring the virus under control. However, they have been critical of what they see as a lack of transparency and accountability from the government since then.
The Victorian Greens are calling on the state government to improve its Covid mandates in light of the recent resurgence in cases. The party is specifically calling for more stringent mask rules and better ventilation in indoor spaces. Furthermore, they are urging for contact tracing to be more comprehensive as well as demanding improved testing and quarantine facilities for international travellers. While the Greens did support the state government’s decision to impose a hard lockdown earlier this year, they have been critical of what they see as a lack of transparency and accountability from the government since then.
The state of Victoria has 23,617 active coronavirus cases with 550 people in the hospital. This is an increase of 27.9%. The state has also recorded 6,047 deaths in total and 2,711,202 people have recovered from the virus.