Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone says 5km Covid bubble can be broken for KFC

The mayor of Fairfield in Sydney’s Covid-stricken southwest encouraged a voter to leave her 5km bubble to buy KFC, telling critics the woman faces “no greater risk” than if she chose to move closer to takeaway food. to buy at home.

Frank Carbone has been an outspoken critic of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s approach to shutting down, claiming that there is a clear double standard between the treatment of residents in the south west and those in the east of Sydney.

Residents of eight local government areas in Sydney’s west and south-west have particularly strict lockdown orders prohibiting them from traveling more than 3 miles from home or leaving their suburbs for non-essential purposes.

But when a woman asked if she wanted to travel further than that distance to buy KFC chicken, Mr. Carbone was quick to tell her it was okay to bend the rules.

The mayor of Fairfield in Sydney’s Covid-stricken south-west has encouraged a voter to leave her 5km bubble to buy KFC, telling critics the woman faces “no greater risk” than if she chose to move closer to takeaway food. to buy at home

Frank Carbone has been an outspoken critic of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian's approach to shutting down, claiming there are clear double standards

Frank Carbone has been an outspoken critic of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s approach to shutting down, claiming there are clear double standards

He shut down any complaints or comments intended to make the woman feel guilty and urged his community to stick together rather than criticize each other.

“We’re doing it hard enough and going without, without working against each other,” he said.

“We can’t go out, we can’t do anything… if she wants KFC, let her have her chicken.

“It’s not the most important thing in life and certainly not the healthiest, but we don’t have to stop living if it makes us happy and it’s safe.”

Mr Carbone urged his voters to “not be politicians and lawyers” but “to be people of common sense”.

He later clarified that if the woman deemed a trip to KFC essential, she would not break orders by driving to the restaurant and using the drive-thru facility.

Government guidelines allow a person to travel outside the 5km bubble if an essential service - such as groceries - is not available within the radius.  Pictured: Police conducting compliance checks

Government guidelines allow a person to travel outside the 5km bubble if an essential service – such as groceries – is not available within the radius. Pictured: Police conducting compliance checks

Government guidelines allow a person to travel outside the 5km bubble if an essential service – such as groceries – is not available within the radius.

There is no specification as to whether takeaway is considered essential.

“Driving 5.3km in her own car to a ride through KFC has no greater risk than driving 4.5km to a McDonald’s store or supermarket,” Mr Carbone said.

He argued that the woman poses no greater risk than if she had entered a supermarket to buy chicken from the shelf.

Mr Carbone, who has been mayor of Fairfield since 2016, reminded locals that they follow the rules more than in other parts of Sydney.

“Thousands of people across town are pretending to be Covid-free and breaking every rule,” he said.

Mr Carbone, who has been mayor of Fairfield since 2016, reminded locals that they follow the rules more than in other parts of Sydney

Mr Carbone, who has been mayor of Fairfield since 2016, reminded locals that they follow the rules more than in other parts of Sydney

Pictured: Mr Carbone

Pictured: Mr Carbone

“99 percent of people make a big sacrifice in our city. What I can tell you is a much greater compliance with what’s happening elsewhere.”

Mr. Carbone was commended for his thoughtful response to the question, and many took the opportunity to thank him for “standing up for the community” to state leaders.

But others claimed he set a bad example.

‘Is this your advice? We are in the midst of a health disaster and you are proposing to travel outside the lockdown to get KFC as it may be essential… This is very useless,” one man wrote.

“You just gave the green light to anyone listening to you that roast chicken can be essential and a reason to get out of lockdown. Sydney is on lockdown for 34 days. And the hardest hit LGA is ours. You have to get better.’

Since the tougher measures were imposed on Sydney’s south-west, Mr Carbone has repeatedly pointed to the vital work of his constituents.

“If you don’t allow people from Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown to go to work, supermarkets all over Sydney will close,” he previously explained.

‘You need drivers, you need logistics. Many of these people are from Western Sydney. We are the engine room.’

On Monday, New South Wales registered a further 207 cases of coronavirus in the community, and 83 of the new infections were found in the South West.

A further 53 cases came from the west and 48 were identified in Sydney’s central health district.

Since stricter measures have been imposed on regions in south-west Sydney, Mr Carbone has repeatedly pointed to the vital work being done by many people who come from his area

Since stricter measures have been imposed on regions in south-west Sydney, Mr Carbone has repeatedly pointed to the vital work being done by many people who come from his area

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