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Illawarra polly calls for quarantine guards to be hired full-time

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Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park wants the state government to ensure all hotel quarantine security guards are employed full-time so they don't have to work across multiple venues.

The Member for Keira has renewed the call after a 47-year-old guard who splits his commitments between the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and the Mantra Hotel in Haymarket tested positive for COVID-19.

The case ended the states 55-day streak of no locally acquired Coronavirus cases.

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Park said NSW can't afford to be complacent as the vaccine rollout continues.

"Securing our quarantine hotels shouldn’t be a part-time job.

"The role security guards play in hotel quarantine is too important. "We are at a critical point in our response to the pandemic.

"It’s no good building a fortress if we end up leaving the back door open.

"Hotel quarantine is meant to be a bubble.

"It’s not going to be effective if guards are forced to take other roles in other parts of Sydney to make ends meet," the Member for Keira said.

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