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‘Not correct’ that Sydney lockdown the toughest nation has seen

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the claim from Gladys Berejiklian that Sydney’s lockdown is the toughest Australia has seen is just not correct.

Ms Berejiklian has repeated the claims throughout the state’s COVID-19 health updates.

“I know anecdotally from Melbourne people, this claim of the toughest restrictions by the premier of New South Wales is just not correct,” Mr Clennell said.

“They (Victorians) were subject to curfews, they were required to only leave their house for one hour a day, they had to have special letters from their employers to visit work and they were stopped by police to check. 

“Bunnings was click and collect and for tradies only. A lot more shops were shut. 

“Yet today Gladys Berejiklian spoke again about lifting restrictions on August 29, not putting on tougher restrictions. And she mentioned vaccinations as the way out again.”

Mr Clennell highlighted the Google mobility data for the tough month of the Melbourne lockdown in August 2020 versus Greater Sydney LGAs for July 2021. 

“There is a 41.66 per cent average difference between the number of people visiting national parks, public beaches, parks, plazas and public gardens, with Sydney's figure greater,” he said.

“12.9 per cent more Sydneysiders are visiting supermarkets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops and pharmacies. 

“15.82 per cent more people in Sydney are visiting restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries and cinemas.

“4.52 per cent more people are visiting workplaces. And while there was less mobility after new restrictions on July 17, it was still more than the Melbourne lockdown last year.”

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the claim from Gladys Berejiklian that Sydney’s lockdown is the toughest Australia has seen is just not correct.

Ms Berejiklian has repeated the claims throughout the state’s COVID-19 health updates.

“I know anecdotally from Melbourne people, this claim of the toughest restrictions by the premier of New South Wales is just not correct,” Mr Clennell said.

“They (Victorians) were subject to curfews, they were required to only leave their house for one hour a day, they had to have special letters from their employers to visit work and they were stopped by police to check.

“Bunnings was click and collect and for tradies only. A lot more shops were shut.

“Yet today Gladys Berejiklian spoke again about lifting restrictions on August 29, not putting on tougher restrictions. And she mentioned vaccinations as the way out again.”

Mr Clennell highlighted the Google mobility data for the tough month of the Melbourne lockdown in August 2020 versus Greater Sydney LGAs for July 2021.

“There is a 41.66 per cent average difference between the number of people visiting national parks, public beaches, parks, plazas and public gardens, with Sydney’s figure greater,” he said.

“12.9 per cent more Sydneysiders are visiting supermarkets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops and pharmacies.

“15.82 per cent more people in Sydney are visiting restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries and cinemas.

“4.52 per cent more people are visiting workplaces. And while there was less mobility after new restrictions on July 17, it was still more than the Melbourne lockdown last year.”Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the claim from Gladys Berejiklian that Sydney’s lockdown is the toughest Australia has seen is just not correct.

Ms Berejiklian has repeated the claims throughout the state’s COVID-19 health updates.

“I know anecdotally from Melbourne people, this claim of the toughest restrictions by the premier of New South Wales is just not correct,” Mr Clennell said.

“They (Victorians) were subject to curfews, they were required to only leave their house for one hour a day, they had to have special letters from their employers to visit work and they were stopped by police to check.

“Bunnings was click and collect and for tradies only. A lot more shops were shut.

“Yet today Gladys Berejiklian spoke again about lifting restrictions on August 29, not putting on tougher restrictions. And she mentioned vaccinations as the way out again.”

Mr Clennell highlighted the Google mobility data for the tough month of the Melbourne lockdown in August 2020 versus Greater Sydney LGAs for July 2021.

“There is a 41.66 per cent average difference between the number of people visiting national parks, public beaches, parks, plazas and public gardens, with Sydney’s figure greater,” he said.

“12.9 per cent more Sydneysiders are visiting supermarkets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops and pharmacies.

“15.82 per cent more people in Sydney are visiting restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries and cinemas.

“4.52 per cent more people are visiting workplaces. And while there was less mobility after new restrictions on July 17, it was still more than the Melbourne lockdown last year.”

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