Lockdown lifted after five weeks

14th Sep 2021

The Armidale Regional LGA, along with other parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk, emerged from lockdown on Saturday September 11.
Residents and businesses will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
The lockdown was lifted in areas which have seen no COVID-19 cases in the last fourteen days. 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.
Mr Barilaro said the decision is based on NSW Health advice, and the LGAs which remain in lockdown will continue to be monitored and they 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,” Mr Barilaro said.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall welcomed the announcement that all six of the electorate’s local government areas (Armidale Regional, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Moree Plains, Inverell and Uralla) have been released from the COVID-19 lockdown.
“The announcement is a sweet reward for the hardship and major sacrifices made by families and businesses for the best part of five weeks,” Mr Marshall said.
“Based on the Roadmap to Freedom, I hope we never have to endure another period of extreme restrictions. The coming weeks will be difficult for many businesses, as they reopen their doors and try to rebuild and I encourage everyone to shop local and give our economy the best chance to bounce back.
Mr Marshall said while the news was a relief for the community, this was not the time for complacency.
“The State Government has made it clear, if a community records just one positive COVID case within a LGA, that LGA will go back into a lockdown for 14 days,” he said. “This means the restrictions which will be in pace from Saturday must be followed to a tee.
“It’s also up to us now to keep up the vaccination effort, and do our part to get NSW to those 70 per cent and 80 per cent fully vaccinated rates.”