A highly excessive rule for plane passengers during the global pandemic has been widely panned on social media for being ‘impossible’ to follow.
According to the NSW Covid Safe website, those aged over 12 in the air are required to don face masks when flying over NSW for their own safety.
Prolific Twitter user @mattiecamp stumbled across the bizarre ruling on the NSW Government website, which he tweeted was his ‘absolute favourite Covid rule of all time.’
Among the other rules outlined were mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport, at airports and enclosed indoor areas such as libraries and supermarkets.
It didn’t take long for a series of Twitter users to be gobsmacked at the left-field mandate for passengers in the air.
How the bizarre passenger request appears (circled in red) on the NSW Covid Safe website
The excessive rule outlined on the NSW Covid Safe page was widely panned on Twitter
One labelled the ruling ‘transcendental nonsense’, with another stating ‘Dear world, we have reached peak insanity here in Oz… well “above NSW” anyway.’
A third questioned whether the rules were ever actually enforced, given the nature of the request.
Another revealed the obscure request for passengers mid-air was actually mild compared to other aviation frustrations which have stemmed from the pandemic.
A Victorian-based pilot stated when the border to NSW was closed they were unable to fly direct from Echuca to Mildura because at some stage of the flight they would fly over NSW.
Incredibly, the face mask rule for passengers when flying over NSW still remains listed on the Covid Safe webpage.
Haircuts were also in high demand on the first day out of lockdown. Pictured: A woman gets her hair cut at a salon near the Sydney Harbour Bridge on October 11, 2021
Gym junkies could once again hit the weight rack after almost four months cooped up in their homes (pictured, Sydney’s City Gym on Monday)
Thousands of cooped-up revellers braved the rain and chilly conditions across Sydney on Monday as they partied for the first time in 106 days (pictured, pub-goers at The Marlborough in Sydney’s Newtown)
Following 106 days in lockdown, NSW finally returned to a sense of normality on October 11.
The move – which was implemented after the state met its fully vaccinated target of 70 per cent – triggered the reopening of pubs, restaurants, cafes, retails shops, gyms and personal services such as hairdressers on Monday.
Other venues such as Star City Casino in Pyrmont opened their doors for eager patrons just after midnight on Sunday.
NSW also recorded 360 new cases and five deaths on Tuesday – the lowest infection number in two months.
Interstate travel will resume once the state achieves a double jab rate of 80 per cent.
WHAT CAN I DO NOW LOCKDOWN IS OVER?
If you’ve had both shots of the vaccine you can now travel beyond the 5km bubble.
Sydneysiders can now move about anywhere across the Harbour City as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, or Shellharbour.
Those living in regional areas are free to travel throughout the state.
But intrastate travel between Sydney and regional areas is still a no-go.
DRINKING AND GOING OUT:
Double-dosed residents can now head back to the pub with the one person per sq/m rule in place.
Dancing and standing up indoors is still banned, with nightclubs keeping their doors shut
SEEING FRIENDS AND FAMILY:
You can also have up to 10 friends inside their home or gather with 30 outdoors.
Your are now free to get a table at your favourite café or restaurant with the one person per sq/m rule also in place.
Again, only the fully-vaccinated are allowed
Gyms are now open to the fully vaccinated with up to 20 people allowed to workout indoors or in a class.
You can once again browse your favourite shops with retail stores allowed to operate under the one person per sq/m rule.
Catch a movie at the cinema with all indoor entertainment facilities allowed to trade at 75 per cent capacity.
This means theatres are also open, as are museums.
BEAUTY AND HAIR:
Personal services like haircuts are also permitted with five people allowed in the salon.
Nail salons, barbers and massage parlours will also be open.