Australian Nursing Federation WA union calls for boycott to Skyworks fearing a COVID super-spreader event
The WA Nursing union has urged West Australians to boycott Skyworks, urging the public to “stay away” to prevent it from becoming a super-spreader event.
But Australian Nursing Federation WA secretary Mark Olson described the plan to go ahead with Skyworks as “not prudent”.
“Ideally, we’d like to see the Skyworks cancelled. But failing that, our members, nurses, midwives and carers, are calling on the public to simply not go,” he said.
“Stay away, watch it on TV,” he said.
“And we hope that if we can’t get the Skyworks cancelled, that at the very least, we can reduce the size of the crowd by 80 or 90 per cent.”
On Monday, the City of Perth backed down on its plan for Skyworks attendees to provide proof they had received at least two COVID jabs in order to attend.
The City removed a post on its website warning of random proof-of-vaccination spot checks. Instead, the website now states that “proof of vaccination will no longer be required.”
But everyone will be required to wear masks and socially distance “where possible.”
Mr Olson said that the restrictions would be insufficient if masses of people flocked to the event.
“It’s inconceivable to our members ... that we would be proceeding with the biggest social events on the Perth calendar, fewer than six days before we’re sending half a million kids back to school,” he said.
Today, the State Government released its back to school plan.
Under the plan, teachers and secondary students in Perth, Peel and the South West will be required to wear masks when the new school year starts on Monday.
Mask-wearing will be introduced for primary school-aged students from Year 3 when caseloads increase.
All public schools classrooms will be equipped with HEPA filters and carbon dioxide monitors to ensure air ventilation.
From January 31, any child diagnosed with COVID and their entire household will be required to isolate for two weeks.
Mr Olson stressed the importance of keeping schools open to keep parents in the health workforce.
“I am looking forward to more details on Friday. What the Government has said today doesn’t concern me,” he said.
“I got the message that they really are going to work hard to keep these schools open if we have a surge of COVID across the community as we’re expecting, because if we don’t, that’s going to exacerbate severely the workforce shortages in our hospitals.”
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