Guyra locked down as COVID spreads

10th Aug 2021

The first confirmed coronavirus cases in the New England since 2020 has seen Guyra enter a snap lockdown as part of the Armidale Regional LGA.
The news was announced by Health Minister Brad Hazzard on Saturday morning and as a result the community began a seven day COVID-19 lockdown at 5pm on Saturday.
The stay-at-home order also applies to people who have been to the community since July 29.
There have now been three confirmed cases of community transmission in Armidale, all from the same household. Only three exposure sites have been listed - Armidale Secondary College, Domino’s Pizza and the Explorer service from Broadmeadow to Armidale on 29 July.
On Monday, Tamworth also went into lockdown for 7 days. While there is no confirmed case of community transmission in Tamworth a woman from Newcastle with COVID had visited a number of locations.
The Public Health Order for the Armidale local government area will remain in place until August 15th. Armidale Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said that it is disappointing but not surprising that COVID has reached our region.
“Over the last few years we have dealt with drought, bushfires and COVID and I am in no doubt that if we stick together, do the right thing and look-out for each other we will get past this current outbreak of community transmission,” Mayor Tiley said.
“It is extremely important to not be complacent. Get tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms and always act as if COVID is present.
“Be considerate and kind to each other. Reach out to your friends and family to ask if they are OK. Doing the simple things will make a big difference.”
Council has enacted its Business Continuity Plan and all non-essential council facilities will be temporarily closed. All hands will still be on deck behind the scenes to ensure essential services are delivered as normal.
The community is reminded of Council’s wide range of online services available via the Self Service tab on our website. The Customer Service team will also be available via 1300 136 833 to answer any queries you may have about Council’s services.