Stay at Home order extended

17th Aug 2021

Guyra has entered its second week of lockdown, following the extension of restrictions for at least another week. A 7-day extension to the Armidale Regional LGA lockdown was announced on the weekend. It was later updated to a Statewide lockdown due to concern over the spread of COVID-19 to more rural areas.
The stay-at-home order now applies to all people in NSW. The lockdown is due to end at 12:01am on Sunday, 22 August.
Only a handful of main street businesses have continued to trade, including Kirks IGA and SPAR supermarkets. Other businesses are operating behind closed doors offering take way and home delivery.
Four confirmed cases of COVID-19, all in Armidale and all in the one household, sparked the initial lockdown. While there has been no further community transmission the decision was based on advice provided by a number of our State’s top health experts and epidemiologists, including Health advice from Director of Public Health in Hunter New England Local Health District, Professor David Durrheim.
Professor Durrheim said that prematurely lifting the stay at home orders for Armidale could result in a preventable foreseeable outbreak in the town and spread into vulnerable rural communities.
He also said that another week would provide a clearer picture and confidence as to whether the measures should be lifted.
In response to the Statewide lockdown NSW Police are conducting Operation STAY AT HOME across all of New South Wales. They are urging people to stay at home unless you need to leave for an essential reason. If you must leave home, stay within your local area.
There are increased fines for Public Health Order breaches:
•$5,000 for breaching self-isolation rules.
•$5,000 for lying on a permit.
•$5,000 for lying to a contact tracer.
•$3,000 for breaching the two-person outdoor exercise/recreation rule.
•$3,000 for breaching rules around entry into regional NSW.
The reasons you may leave your home include:
•Shopping for food or other essential goods and services.
•Medical care or compassionate need. This includes where two people are in a relationship but do not live together. (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact)
•Exercise outdoors in groups of 2 or fewer (unless members of the same household).
•Work, where you cannot work from home
•Schooling will be done from home but schools will be open for the children of essential workers
Other restrictions:
•Masks must be worn indoors (not including the home) and in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance from others (e.g. while queuing for takeaway)
•Small funerals and memorial services of 10 persons only (excluding the persons conducting the service) will be permitted
What you should do:
•Get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms: Testing is available at the Guyra MPS by appointment 6738 4000
•Check exposure sites regularly on the NSW Health website
•Book a vaccination appointment: Guyra Medical Centre 6738 4070 or Guyra Pharmacy 6779 1192