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Lockdown for parts of Far North Coast from 6pm today

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UPDATE: Monday, August 9, 9pm

The original report incorrectly names the LGAs.

Following updated health advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, stay-at-home orders will apply to residents of Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Lismore and Richmond Valley LGAs effective from 6pm today until 12.01am Tuesday 17 August 2021.

Rules and restrictions

From 6pm today, these four LGAs will be subject to the same stay-at-home restrictions as Greater Sydney, as will anybody who has visited the areas on or after 31 July 2021.
The NSW Government website will be updated to reflect the addition of the LGAs as soon as the Public Health Order is signed by Minister Hazzard.
For now, the rules and restrictions that will apply to the area can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney

Reasonable excuses to leave home

From 6pm today, residents of the four LGAs must stay home. You can only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.
Reasonable excuses can be found on the website at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney…
Note that if leaving the home to go shopping, residents must stay within their LGA or within 10km of home. Only one person per household may leave their home each day to shop for food or other goods and services. You may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own.
If leaving the home for exercise and outdoor education, residents must stay within their LGA or within 10km of home. You can exercise with one other person that you do not live with. You can exercise in a group of more than two if all are from the same household.

Visitors to a residence

Visiting another person is not a reasonable excuse to leave your home, nor can you allow a person to visit your home.
There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. They can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney…

Nominated visitor (‘singles bubble’)

If you live alone – which means there are no other adults who live in the same home – you can have a nominated visitor. A nominated visitor is one person you can socialise with at your place of residence who
• can only be one person (and their dependent children, if there are no alternative care arrangements)
• can visit you on more than one occasion
• is not a nominated visitor for another person
• lives in or is staying in affected local government areas

Places/business that are closed

Most retail premises will be required to be closed to the public. Businesses providing essential products and services that can be open include:
• supermarkets
• grocery stores including
• butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable, seafood
• other food or drink retailers that predominantly sell or display food or drinks
• kiosks and other small food and drink premises
• petrol stations
• banks and financial institutions
• hardware, building supplies
• landscaping material supplies
• agricultural and rural supplies
• shops that, in the normal course of business, operate as or sell and display
• pet supplies
• newsagents
• office supplies
• chemists providing health, medical, maternity and baby supplies or
• liquor stores
• post offices
• garden centres and plant nurseries
• vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold
• shops that predominantly carry out repairs of mobile phones
• laundromats and drycleaners
Businesses may continue to operate if they provide goods and services to customers that are:
• ordered by phone or internet
• delivered to customers
• collected by customers.
A ‘click and collect’ service can also be used by customers to return or exchange goods by prior arrangement either by phone or internet.
For further information, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney…
For further information on repairs and maintenance follow this link : https://www.nsw.gov.au/…/renovations-repairs…
• ID/evidence of a person’s address must be carried when leaving home for shopping or exercising



Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has just announced that she has had confirmation from State Health Minister Brad Hazzard, that the Far North Coast will be in a 7 day lockdown from 6 pm tonight, including the Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Casino and Kyogle LGAs.

‘You can only leave home for essential reasons such as food and exercise in your own LGA,’ said Ms Smith. ‘Schools will divert to at home learning.

‘Don’t panic as all food stores are open but please wear a mask and QR – get tested if you have any symptoms at all, please stay at home during the lockdown.’

Ms Smith said she will post the health order as soon as it comes through. ‘Stay safe, we are open for calls and emails. We will get through it.’

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