Three regional NSW local government areas are plunging into COVID-19 lockdowns

Three Central West New South Wales local government areas will imminently enter a seven-day lockdown over coronavirus fears.

NSW Health on Tuesday night announced that stay-at-home orders would be introduced from 12.01am Wednesday for the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney council areas, hours after several regional venues were added to the state’s list of COVID-19 case locations.

The new venues include an EG Fuelco Australia, an Officeworks and Pizza Hut in Orange, and a Woolworths at North Orange Shopping Centre.

The lockdown will apply to all people who either live in the three council areas, or have been there on or after Saturday 17 July.

Under the orders, they must stay at home except for essential reasons, which include shopping for food and other essential goods, accessing medical care and getting a COVID-19 vaccine, or participating in work or education where they cannot do so from home.

Exercise will be permitted in groups of two or less, unless they’re members of the same household.

When not at home, residents of the LGAs must wear masks indoors and in outdoor settings where they cannot socially distance.

Residents will still be able to attend weddings and funerals during a short grace period ending at 12.01am on Friday, 23 July. Funerals will then be limited to 10 people.

NSW reported 78 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Of the new cases reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, 21 were infectious in the community and eight were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

More to come.

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