Blayney stays in lockdown as Orange records one new case of COVID-19

Orange and the Western NSW LHD will remain in lockdown, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and deputy premier John Barilaro confirmed on Thursday.
Orange and the Western NSW LHD will remain in lockdown, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and deputy premier John Barilaro confirmed on Thursday.

The Local Government Areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne, as well as the rest of the Western NSW Local Health District, will remain in lockdown, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson has come out in support of the decision saying that our proximity to Orange and Bathurst makes it impossible to be treated differently.

"That we're so close to those two centres, that's the end of the story really," he said.

"We'd all love to see some restrictions lifted, but while there are active cases in those communities I'm reluctant to support any half-baked ideas on relaxing these restrictions."

Orange recorded another new case of COVID-19, a household contact of a previous case, and Western NSW picked up 24; 15 in Dubbo, four in Walgett, two in Bathurst and two in Narromine, on top of the one in Orange.

The Western NSW LHD is still required to abide by the stay-at-home orders.

... the LGAs which remain in lockdown will continue to be monitored and we will update those communities on a regular basis.

NSW deputy premier John Barilaro

Across NSW, there were 1405 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and six COVID deaths on Thursday.

But other parts of the state will be able to emerge from lockdown come Saturday.

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday, September 11, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said regional communities are doing an incredible job following health advice and getting vaccinated which has made the easing of lockdown in some areas possible.

"I can announce that while unfortunately many regional LGAs will remain in lockdown due to COVID case numbers, for other parts of the state, stay-at-home orders will be lifted allowing more freedoms for those communities," Mr Barilaro said.

"This decision is based on NSW Health advice, and the LGAs which remain in lockdown will continue to be monitored and we will update those communities on a regular basis.

"My strong advice to everyone in regional NSW is to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Our communities need to continue to get vaccinated so that when NSW reaches 70 and 80 per cent, restrictions can ease significantly."

The following freedoms will be available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).

Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues includinghospitality, retail stores and gyms:

Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.

Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.

Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.

Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.

Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Schools:

Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.

Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.

Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.

Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.

Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.

Carpooling will be permitted.

Masks:

Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.

Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.

Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

Stay-at-home orders will remain in place in the following LGAs:

Bathurst, Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cessnock, Dubbo, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn Mulwarre, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee.

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