A proposal to scrap Covid isolation periods entirely will be discussed at Friday’s national cabinet meeting.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has confirmed he will lead the push to dump the existing five-day mandatory isolation period for Covid-19.
That would be in line with the United Kingdom, which no longer requires a mandatory isolation period for workers.
“I believe we need to get to a point where if you’re sick you stay at home, and if you’re not, you get out and about and enjoy life,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It’s always a balance between the public health, broader health issues like mental health, social wellbeing and economic and financial issues facing people across our state”.
National cabinet recently agreed to reduce the mandatory isolation period in Australia from seven days to five days.
Mr Perrottet said he hoped there could be national consistency on the rule change which would also involve scrapping pandemic pay.
“I certainly believe we need to keep taking steps forward as a nation when it comes to Covid. I believe we have made great inroads as a national cabinet,” he said.
“We’ve made steps in the right direction, reducing isolation from seven days to five days.
“I will continue to argue and work with my fellow premiers across the country to get to that point.”