Two new local government areas in NSW will be put on hold tonight after only one case was active in the community.
NSW health authorities have toppled two local government areas in separate regions in a seven-day lockdown.
The stay-at-home orders will be in place for Glen Innes Severn’s local government area, located in the New England region of the state near the border with Queensland, and Hilltops Council, in the state’s South West Slopes region, from 6 p.m. 18.00 Friday night.
Hilltops Council is centered around the town of Young.
The tough measures come after it was revealed on Thursday that a known Covid-19 case was active in the local community in Glen Innes, and a resident of Young tested positive overnight.
Adam Marshall -MP posted the announcement for Glen Innes on social media and apologized to his constituents, saying he knew the measures would cause “stress and strain” on them, especially on small businesses.
He said the move was taken after NSW’s health chief Kerry Chant convened an independent panel of medical experts to review the situation.
“The panel strongly determined and recommended that a 7-day lockdown be imposed to protect the community and protect against further spread of Covid in Glen Innes,” Marshall wrote.
The local MP said the measures were necessary “given that the covid-positive person was active in the local community (and outside the community) for three days while contagious”.
Mr Marshall said the announcement had been made hours after the press conference at 11, because the panel was still assessing the situation and had only just made a decision on the LGA’s risk level.
“I’m very sad and realize that this was not the news many of you wanted to hear, especially small business owners, and I fully appreciate the stress and strain it will put on you,” he said. .
The exact rules for lockdown have not yet been announced.
MP Steph Cooke shared the news of Hilltops Council’s lockdown on his Facebook page shortly after, but has not yet given a full statement.
Many parts of the regional NSW had their repeals repealed on September 11, provided that the restrictions could be reintroduced at any time if only one case was active in the community.
Restrictions were lifted for a further 12 LGAs on Thursday, while Lismore and Albury were also thrown back into lockdown for seven days.
By decision, Lismore was started from the border bubble with Queensland.