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Coronavirus Australia: Peter Switzer gives six ‘sensible suggestions’ to end lockdowns forever

Pictured: Business expert Peter Switzer

As millions of Australians remain under strict stay-at-home orders a financial entrepreneur and commentator has offered six ‘sensible’ suggestions to end lockdowns forever. 

On Tuesday, Victoria extended their lockdown, South Australia joined them by announcing their own, and in NSW authorities have hinted at keeping restrictions in place for weeks longer. 

Peter Switzer, a well known broadcaster and author, said business groups had lost patience with state premiers and their constant calls for snap lockdowns. 

He said agencies such as the Australian Industry Group believe state leaders and politicians were taking lockdowns too far in order to keep their jobs. 

As millions of Australians this week remain under strict stay-at-home orders a business leader has offered six 'sensible' suggestions to end lockdowns forever

As millions of Australians this week remain under strict stay-at-home orders a business leader has offered six ‘sensible’ suggestions to end lockdowns forever

Mr Switzer added that tough measures employed by the federal government were forcing businesses into bankruptcy, causing workers to lose their jobs and ‘contaminating the economy’. 

PETER SWITZER’S LOCKDOWN 3.0 

1. Everything opens up and you wear a mask every time you’re outside the home and car.

2. Social distancing is fiercely policed.

3. Fines for breaking the rules are raised to $2,000. If you get caught again, the fine doubles each time!

4. Premiers read the riot act and tell everyone that if you’re selfish or do foolish things, we’ll punish you.

5. No foreigners enter the country unless they’re vaccinated.

6. And only those with medical conditions can refuse to be vaccinated.

The business leader offered six ‘sensible’ solutions to end ‘this lockdown madness’, calling for a ‘Lockdown 3.0’ with an aggressive approach to restrictions. 

Firstly, Mr Switzer said ‘everything’ should open up, with people mandated to wear a mask every time they’re outside the home or car. 

Second, social distancing would be ‘fiercely policed’. Third, fines for breaking the rules would be increased to $2,000 and doubled every time the same person slips up. 

Fourth, state premiers ‘read the riot act and tell everyone that if you’re selfish or do foolish things, we’ll punish you’. 

Fifth, no foreigners allowed to enter the country unless they’re fully vaccinated, and finally only people with medical conditions would able to refuse the jab.   

‘This virus isn’t only infecting bodies, it’s contaminating an economy and our way of life, which has the shocking effect of a rise in suicide rates,’ he wrote. 

‘If too many in the population are acting like immature brats, then our leaders have to be like mature parents.’

The finance commentator said he would personally welcome a ‘tougher, meaner Australia’ until enough vaccines arrive in the country.  

A well known finance commentator has he would personally welcome a 'tougher, meaner Australia' until enough vaccines arrive in the country (pictured, a pedestrian on George Street in Sydney's CBD)

A well known finance commentator has he would personally welcome a ‘tougher, meaner Australia’ until enough vaccines arrive in the country (pictured, a pedestrian on George Street in Sydney’s CBD)

NSW had 110 cases overnight with 43 infectious in the community, and 13 of the infections yet to be linked to known cases (pictured, NSW health officials stop passengers arriving from Melbourne)

NSW had 110 cases overnight with 43 infectious in the community, and 13 of the infections yet to be linked to known cases (pictured, NSW health officials stop passengers arriving from Melbourne)

While Australia has plentiful supplies of AstraZeneca, just 14.1 per cent of Australians over 16 were fully vaccinated against Covid, as of July 19, despite the Indian Delta strain being more contagious, Department of Health data showed.

Little more than a third or 35.7 per cent of Australians have received one dose, well below the herd immunity level of 80 per cent or the 70 per cent figure Scott Morrison is advocating for to avoid more lockdowns. 

An Essential Media poll found that 41 per cent of those delaying their first vaccine shot were waiting for more Pfizer doses to be readily available from September.  

The poll found that of those 600 people delaying their vaccine, 41 per cent were waiting for Pfizer with almost half or 47 per cent in the 18 to 34 age group also waiting for that specific vaccine. 

Meanwhile 29 per cent wanted to wait to see how other people reacted to the jab.  

Ms Berejiklian refused to rule out introducing even tougher restrictions in Greater Sydney if the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to spread through the city (pictured, an office worker walks in a deserted food square in Sydney's CBD)

Ms Berejiklian refused to rule out introducing even tougher restrictions in Greater Sydney if the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to spread through the city (pictured, an office worker walks in a deserted food square in Sydney’s CBD)

On Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the lockdown would be unlikely to end on July 30 until cases of people being infectious in the community was ‘zero or close to zero.’ 

The state had 110 cases overnight with 43 infectious in the community, and 13 of the infections yet to be linked to known cases. 

There are now 106 patients in NSW hospitals suffering from Covid-19. Twenty-three are in intensive care (down four from Tuesday) and 11 of them (same as Tuesday) requiring ventilation. 

NSW recorded its highest testing rate to date from the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night at 83,477 tests. 

South Australia has recorded six new cases of Covid-19 as the state-wide lockdown continues (pictured, a testing clinic in the Victoria Park in Adelaide on Tuesday)

South Australia has recorded six new cases of Covid-19 as the state-wide lockdown continues (pictured, a testing clinic in the Victoria Park in Adelaide on Tuesday)

Ms Berejiklian refused to rule out introducing even tougher restrictions in Greater Sydney if the highly-contagious Delta variant continues to spread through the city. 

She said it would be impossible to plan a path out of lockdown until the case numbers started to fall and admitted if there isn’t a consistent fall by the weekend, she would have to introduce even tougher restrictions.

Victoria earlier on Wednesday announced the state had detected another 22 local cases of Covid-19 as the state enters its first day of an extended seven-day lockdown to stem the spread of its latest Covid outbreak.

The state’s Department of Health said the new community cases – detected from 59,355 tests conducted on Tuesday – are all linked to known outbreaks.

Wednesday’s 22 new locally-acquired cases is the highest daily increase in Victoria since September during the state’s deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections.

SYDNEY’S LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW UNTIL JULY 30

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must abide by the following: 

Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside the home, including offices and apartment buildings

Residents can travel only 10km from their homes

– Exercise and gather in groups of two while outside

– Only one member of each household per day allowed to leave the home for essential shopping

– No browsing in supermarkets and retail businesses. Shop only for essential items

– Funerals are capped at 10, weddings are banned

– No car pooling with other households when going out for exercise

There is no curfew but a stay at home order applies, with only four reasons to leave your home 

Schools are closed with at-home learning in place, but no child will be turned away if they need to attend in person

The new rules are in addition to the stay-at-home orders already in place until July 30, which include only leaving the home to:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*exercise or for work or education that cannot be conducted remotely

People in Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury in Sydney’s southwest are advised to stay home, unless:

*shop for essential items (one person only) 

*give care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only) 

*For work unless it is an essential service, such as health workers. Businesses must give employees the option of working from home.

* Any essential employees who are permitted to leave their suburbs for work are subject to the same restrictions previously in place, namely receiving a negative Covid test every three days. 

 The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn
  • No more than five visitors (including children) allowed in homes
  • Masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings
  • The four-square-metre rule is back for indoor and outdoor settings and drinking while standing at indoor venues is not allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party (no more than 20 people)

When does the lockdown end?  

  • Stay at home orders apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, July 30, 2021 

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