Professor Kerryn Phelps has criticised the NSW Government’s decision to remove mask requirements once we hit the 80% vaccination mark.

“I’m very concerned about it because we need to base any political decision on scientific and health advice,” she told Jonesy & Amanda.

“Most of the science and health-based people are very concerned about some of the aspects including the removal of requiring to wear masks.”

Her concern comes after NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet met with the crisis cabinet late on Wednesday to tweak the roadmap as the state prepares to emerge from months of lockdown on Monday.

He flagged “a whole range of other changes” to the roadmap when 80 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated – expected to happen within a fortnight.

Face masks – which were to remain mandatory in all public indoor settings until December – would “be going a bit earlier”, he said.

“Face masks, obviously, are important. But ultimately … they’re an impediment for people going back into the office, so we made some changes last night which we’re going to announce later today,” he said.


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