Hospital visitation rules ‘definitely’ on new NSW premier’s agenda

On his first day in the top job, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has said he has "incredible confidence" about the future of the state.

Speaking to Ben Fordham on 2GB, he said NSW's economic recovery from COVID-19 since 2020 showed how the state could bounce back.

"The September quarter for this year will probably show negative growth but I expect us to bounce back very quickly," he said.

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New NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet on his way to work.

"I think we're going to have a very bright summer."

Mr Perrottet became the state's new premier yesterday, following the resignation of predecessor Gladys Berejiklian late last week.

Although he yesterday indicated the state's "freedom day" would remain Monday, October 11, Mr Perrottet did signal other parts of NSW's roadmap out of lockdown could change.

He cited getting people back into the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs as a priority.

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"It's important to get people back into town, we want to breathe life into Sydney, we want to breathe life into Parramatta," he said.

Compulsory mask wearing in offices is set to remain until December 1, but Mr Perrottet admitted the rule was an "impediment" to returning workers.

"I'm meeting with health officials today to go through the roadmap," he said.

"There are a number of areas within the roadmap that can be looked at."

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Inside Sydney's ICU ward at St Vincent's hospital.

Among those areas, Mr Perrottet said he would "definitely" look at hospital visitation rules, with a number of Sydney hospitals still maintaining bans on loved ones visiting.

"I've raised that with (Health Minister Brad Hazzard) already," he said.

He said priorities would need to be balanced, with compassionate needs measured against protecting the elderly and sick most at risk of COVID-19.

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