Sydney lockdown roadmap leaves unanswered questions for businesses

Every office, coffee shop, construction site, airport, and dock needs to know if they need to shut or isolate staff in the inevitable event of a positive case.

Sydney lockdown roadmap leaves unanswered questions for businesses

Businesses have just 11 working days before Sydney is set free after several long months of lockdown and there is still no clear rulebook on how they're supposed to operate.

Just 13 per cent of the population needs a second jab to trigger freedom day, yet quarantine, isolation, and policing of the unvaccinated remains a mystery.

Every office, coffee shop, construction site, airport, and dock needs to know if they need to shut or isolate staff in the inevitable event of a positive case.

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Senior state government ministers believe that by December, 2021 could all of a sudden feel like 2019.

It could spell the end of industrial-scale testing clinics, contact tracing, isolation periods and a full dismantling of hotel quarantine.

Watch the full story above.

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World celebrates International Day of Sign Languages

Today is the International Day of Sign Languages, which marks a day to support and safeguard the linguistic and cultural identity of all deaf people and other sign language users.

World celebrates International Day of Sign Languages

Today is the International Day of Sign Languages, which marks a day to support and safeguard the linguistic and cultural identity of all deaf people and other sign language users.

This year's theme is 'We Sign for Human Rights', which aims to show how both deaf and hearing impaired people worldwide can unite to advocate for the recognition of the right to use sign languages in all areas.

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Data from the 2016 Census showed that 11,682 people used Auslan (Australian sign language), which has increased from 5306 in 2001.

For the first time, the question asking 'Does (person) use a language other than English at home?', included Auslan as a language prompt in the 2021 Census.

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Sign language interpreter Mike 'Mikey' Webb said there are still some stigmas that need to be overcome.

"My parents (were) being ignored. So if they were trying to communicate stuff they were always put in the too hard basket because people generally couldn't communicate with them," Mr Webb told 9news.com.au.

"To me if you give a deaf person access, I think the general community would be really surprised by what this community can offer."

The World Federation of the Deaf says there are more than 70 million deaf people in the world, with over 80 per cent living in developing countries.

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Mr Webb frequently does sign language interpretation for COVID-19 press conferences and says they can be quite fast-paced.

"You've definitely got to be on your game and when it comes to doing those conferences and stuff like that you need a really good understanding and knowledge of what's being talked about," he said.

Associate Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Louisa Willoughby, said it is also important that deaf people from migrant and refugee communities are not overlooked.

"Where the challenge is is that a lot of deaf people from migrant backgrounds are people who've often just sort of stayed at home in the country they've come from," Associate Professor Willoughby said.

"They haven't necessarily learnt their country's sign language and they might communicate with something that we call a home sign system."

Associate Professor Willoughby said it can be very challenging for those people to learn Auslan.

She added that the International Day of Sign Languages was integral for recognising that "sign languages are real languages".

"They're very complex languages. They're a lot more than just gesture systems and that they are an incredibly valuable thing for deaf people to know," she said.

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