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Lismore out of the bubble, back in lockdown as COVID-19 confirmed at Goonellabah school

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Lismore out of the bubble, back in lockdown as COVID-19 confirmed at Goonellabah school

The local government in Lismore will lock in from kl. 6pm tonight for at least a week after a COVID -positive case was confirmed late yesterday.

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW Health required seven days to get a handle on the situation.

“In the normal course, more often than not, health determines that it will be 14 days, but in this case, health, looking at the problems, has determined that seven days will be appropriate,” he said.

Boundary bubble problems

Queensland is also removing Lismore from its newly restored border bubble.

Queensland health authorities said anyone who has been in this LGA for the past two weeks cannot enter the state.

Those who are already here should stand up, be tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

The bubble was only reintroduced on Monday, allowing cross-border travel for essential purposes.

A list of places of concern has been released and anyone who has visited the venues is considered a random contact and should be tested and isolated until they get a negative result:

  • Muzza’s Milk Bar, 1/5 Oak Street Evans Head Sunday, September 12 at 13:15 to 13:45
  • Silly Solly’s, 185 Keen Street Lismore Tuesday, September 14 at. 8:55 to 09:00
  • Lifeline Shop, 71 Magellan Street Lismore Tuesday, September 14 at 9:05 to 09:20

Northern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting CEO Lynne Weir said the person had recently been in Sydney where they acquired the infection.

“They are doing really well and are currently stable and not in the hospital.

“We keep a close eye on them.”

A drive-through test facility has been set up at Southern Cross University in Lismore.(

ABC North Coast: Miranda Saunders

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Short-lived business freedoms ‘roller coaster’

Lismore cafe owner Steve Krieg said today’s announcement of a new lockdown after less than a week has been harsh.

“It really takes a lot out of you emotionally,” he said.

“You start to feel a little more normal once the lock is lifted, and then you have to go back and tell your staff again that it is not required.

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Lismore businessman Steve Krieg said the new lockdown is particularly tough for small retailers.(

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Sir. Krieg said at least his business had a takeaway opportunity, and he really felt for other small businesses, including gyms, cosmetologists, and retailers.

NNSWLHD encourages people to stay calm, but beware of following all health advice.

Ms Weir said the regional health services were ready for any influx of cases.

“We have been planning this pandemic since last year and we have recently reviewed all of our plans with knowledge of what has happened in western NSW and Sydney,” she said.

“We have used the information we have learned from it to expand and improve our plans, so I think we are well prepared.”

Anyone who has the mildest symptoms is asked to be tested.

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Goonellabah Public School remains closed for thorough cleaning.(

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Goonellabah Public School remains closed for deep cleaning after a person who attended the school on Monday, September 13, tested positive for COVID-19.

Residence orders also apply to anyone who has been in Lismore since September 7th.

Everyone in Lismore LGA must stay home unless it is for a significant reason, which includes food purchases, medical care, vaccination, compassionate needs, exercise and work, or higher education if you are unable to work or study at home.

Residents of Lismore who are fully vaccinated can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor activities as long as everyone aged 16 or older is fully vaccinated.

At present, there are no changes in the border between New South Wales and Queensland, but the NSW government has said it will discuss the situation with the Queensland government today.

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