There are increasing calls for Sydney to be banned across the city as the NSW government incites outrage by refusing to make masks mandatory
NSW opposition leader Jodi McKay said she would support a lockdown in Sydney if cases were found outside of the northern beaches.
So far, only the northern beaches have been closed, but there are fears that the group of 68 may spread outside the area undetected.
On Monday morning, Ms. McKay praised the state's contact tracing system but said stricter measures should be considered.
NSW opposition leader Jodi McKay said she would support a lockdown in Sydney if cases were found outside of the northern beaches
"It's the best in the world, I have no doubt about that," she said.
“However, we cannot rely solely on NSW Health's contact tracing team to make this happen. Everything must be done to ensure that this is included in the northern beaches and that the spread stops. & # 39;
Ms. McKay has repeatedly called for masks to be made mandatory outside the home, but the government does not want to.
NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard said he did not want to add extra burden to bus drivers by telling them to become police officers and to have arguments with people who refuse to wear masks.
"When we have bus drivers who have to act like cops, there is already a certain amount of fear for them and we don't want to put them in a situation where they are cops and possibly get into some kind of fight," he told ABC news on Monday morning.
"Public health officials recommend using it but are not currently making it mandatory," he added.
On Monday morning, NSW Health released a tweet saying the government is strongly recommending masks for use on public transport and where social distancing is not possible, such as in shops and supermarkets.
The tweet was replied to with hundreds of comments from Sydney residents that masks should be mandatory.
When asked on Sunday why she didn't recommend wearing masks in NSW, Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant the Importance of Individual Responsibility.
There were more than 28,000 tests on Saturday and the queues were up to six hours long on Sunday when residents responded to the call. Pictured: A test queue in Darlinghurst on Sunday
"We all play a role in how we respond and often the actions we take require people to work together and I just have to thank the people of New South Wales," she said.
"Ultimately, it's in the hands of the New South Wales people too."
Federal health chief Professor Paul Kelly also said there was no need to force people to wear masks.
"I understand that mask use has increased significantly in the greater Sydney area," he said.
“We didn't need this, people make their decisions and most people make sensible decisions. I am not in favor of the mandatory use of masks. & # 39;
When asked about the restrictions in New South Wales, he said, "I think you got it right".
Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt hoped New South Wales could control the outbreak and said mandate masks were not required.
“We have done this before. We know we can make it as a country. We have done better than practically anyone else and it could still be a difficult Christmas, but we want it to be a safe Christmas, ”he said on Monday morning.