COUNCILLOR Alex Christian says the NSW Government has learnt from its previous mistakes when it comes to implementing coronavirus restrictions.
The Bathurst Regional councillor was critical of the government in 2020 for its one-size-fits-all approach to virus safeguards, going as far as to call for a "regional bubble" to cut Sydney off from the regions.
However, he is much more satisfied with the government's response to recent outbreaks in the Northern Beaches and greater Sydney.
"I appreciate that the government is essentially putting that ring of steel metaphorically around Sydney and just treating the Sydney cluster as a Sydney cluster, not using a one-size-fits-all with mandatory mask wearing and things like that," Cr Christian said.
"I do appreciate that and I think the government has learnt from last time."
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Last year, he wanted to see regional NSW cut off from the metropolitan parts of the state to prevent the virus being brought into communities that had seen little to no cases of COVID-19.
That was before NSW entered a period of recording consecutive days of zero cases of community transmission prior to the Northern Beaches outbreak.
However, Cr Christian isn't ready to call for a regional bubble again just yet, not even after a man from Berala dined at an Orange eatery while unknowingly infected with the virus.
He said there needs to be a "balancing act".
"I think at this stage it's probably fairly right at the moment. But I certainly think if things get out of control, then, yes, for sure," he said.
"We certainly don't want any infections out here in the regional areas of NSW. Everything needs to be done to protect us.
"I think at the moment they've got it about right, but certainly if it gets worse, then for sure we need to be protected as much as possible, because people have got businesses to run and we have our elderly and vulnerable out here that need to be protected also."