A comedian has poked fun at the new ‘no browsing’ rule for residents leaving their house to go shopping during Sydney’s lockdown.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz posted a video to TikTok on Friday after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked that residents ‘do not browse’ while shopping.
The comedian is seen sprinting into the Clemton Park Coles and grabbing a trolley, before pushing it through the aisles at a breakneck speed.
A Sydney comedian has poked fun at the new ‘no browsing rule’ announced by the New South Wales Premier in a satirical skit
At one point in the skit Mr Kairouz slides across the ground to grab a bag of dog food in an effort to shave a couple seconds off the trip.
The comedian hardly pauses as he uses one arm to knock several bags of toilet paper into his trolley, before taking off again as fast as he can.
Locked-down residents were quick to share their thoughts in the viral video’s comment section.
‘You didn’t browse at all bro, you must be exhausted,’ one person replied, to which the comedian replied ‘I’m buggered’.
‘So panic shopping is allowed then?’ another joked.
‘Felt guilty as I walked through the chocolate aisle at Woolies today, stood there for about two minutes but still felt like I was a criminal on death row,’ a third shared.
The ‘no browsing’ reminder was part of a string of new restrictions that came into effect on Friday and enforced at 5pm.
Jon-Bernard Kairouz posted the video to TikTok on Friday, the same day Gladys Berejiklian asked that residents ‘do not browse’ while shopping
Gladys Berejiklian announced that only one resident from each household could leave home to shop for essentials at supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.
She said that only under ‘exceptional circumstances’ or health reasons, should more than one household member leave home.
‘Browsing is not allowed,’ the premier said during a press conference.
‘Browsing, killing time, is not a good enough reason to leave your house,’ she reminded the millions of bored Australians currently in lockdown.
The premier said residents should ask themselves if their shopping could be done online and if the trip out of home was completely necessary.
‘Getting an essential item, a baby product, getting bedding or heating, if you can, do it online. ‘Do it virtually. There is no doubt that, that is our preference.’
Ms Berejiklian said the ‘basic message’ was that residents should not leave their homes unless it was absolutely necessary.
The ‘no browsing’ reminder was part of a string of new restrictions that came into effect on Friday and enforced at 5pm, including a cap on funerals and
The new rule came with a suite of other restrictions, including a cap on funerals and the number of people who can exercise outdoors.
Capacity for funerals has been reduced to ten people, which the premier described as a ‘heartbreaking decision’.
‘I apologise in advance to all those families going through such a difficult time but unfortunately, we have no option,’ she said.
Outdoor exercise can only be done within ten kilometres of the home, with the cap on numbers reduced from ten to two.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NEW RESTRICTIONS:
THE UPDATED RESTRICTIONS IN GREATER SYDNEY, BLUE MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL COAST, WOLLONGONG AND SHELLHARBOUR:
– Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)
– People must exercise within 10km of their home
– No carpooling with members of other households
– Browsing at shops is prohibited, and only one person per household per day may leave the home for shopping
– Funerals limited to 10 people from July 11.
THE FOUR REASONS TO LEAVE HOME UNDER LOCKDOWN:
– Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person per household per day)
– Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence in circumstances of compassionate needs)
– Exercise with no more than one other person (unless members of the same household)
– Essential work or education where you cannot work or study from home.
The new restrictions comes as the state recorded 89 new local cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with only 14 mystery cases unlinked to known clusters.
Of the new local cases, 30 were out in the community for either part of or all of their infectious period.
The state has recorded its second Covid-19 death, a man in his 70s who resided in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, following a woman in her 90s from South Australia.
There are 745 active cases in New South Wales, with 65 (8.7 per cent) in hospital including 21 (2.8 per cent) in intensive care and four on ventilators.
Ms Berejiklian said she would announce on Wednesday or Thursday whether Greater Sydney’s three-week stay-at-home lockdown would be extended beyond July 16, but it appears certain as the premier said community transmission rates would have to be at or near zero before it was lifted.