Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Albury and Lismore Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 6pm today (Thursday) for one week due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.
These stay-at-home orders also apply to anyone who has been in Albury since 10 September and Lismore since 7 September due to recent COVID-19 exposures.
Everyone in Albury and Lismore LGAs must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise and work or tertiary education if you can’t work or study at home.
Albury and Lismore residents who are fully vaccinated can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people for exercise or outdoor recreation as long as all of those aged 16 or older are fully vaccinated.
To determine the extent of the risk and detect any further potential COVID-19 cases in these areas we are calling on the communities to come forward for testing in large numbers.
A strong response to testing will be a key factor in determining if these stay-at-home orders are extended beyond one week. High vaccination rates are also essential to reduce the risk of transmission and protect the health and safety of the community.
There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. Testing clinics in Albury and Lismore areas include:
COVID-19 vaccination is available through NSW Health clinics, GPs, pharmacies and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS).
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find the nearest vaccination clinic, or visit Get your COVID-19 vaccination.
A list of regional and rural NSW Health vaccination clinics is available on the NSW Government website.
A number of regional LGAs have been deemed low risk and have not recorded any COVID-19 cases for the past 14 days.
Stay-at-home orders will be lifted for Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter Shire LGAs from 1pm today (Thursday 16 September).
However, these LGAs will continue to operate under some restrictions to ensure community safety.
The following freedoms are now available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have been lifted:
Gatherings in the home and public spaces:
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:
Weddings, funerals and places of worship:
For more information, please visit the NSW Government website.