COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS UPDATE: 16 September 2021


ALBURY LOCKDOWN

Albury will go into lockdown from 6pm Thursday 16 September, for at least 7 days after two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area.
The stay-at-home orders will also apply to anyone who has been in Albury since 10 September
Everyone in the Albury LGA must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, such as: shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise and work or tertiary education if you can’t work or study at home.
Fully vaccinated Albury residents 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.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of taste or smell. Other symptoms include fatigue, acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis.
If you have even the mildest symptoms, please get tested.

Venues of concern

  • Reece Plumbing, Reece Plumbing, Dallinger Road, Lavington Monday 13 September, 11.22am–2.28 pm
  • Summit Power, 146 Fallon Street Albury Monday 13 September, 11.22 am–2.28 pm

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days. If your exposure at this venue was in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms appear, get tested and isolate again.

NSW Health has also been notified of a new regional transport route in Albury which is associated with a confirmed case of COVID 19.

  • Regional Train Service, Central to Albury, Route 623
  • From Central Station, Sydney to Albury Station, Albury
  • Sunday 12 September 7:43am to 3:18pm

Anyone who travelled on this route at the listed times is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health. Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days.

More information here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations/case-locations

Albury area COVID testing sites

Albury - Albury Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Drive-through Clinic, Demountable Building, Albury Showgrounds - Monday to Saturday 8am to 1pm
Lavington - Dorevitch Pathology Walk-in Clinic, Lavington Hall, 488 Urana Road Lavington - Sunday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Wodonga - Albury Wodonga Health COVID Clinic, 79 Vermont, Street - Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm
Wodonga - Wodonga Respiratory Clinic, 224-226 Beechworth Road
Wodonga - Corner Smythe and Stanley streets, Wodonga (former Wodonga fire station building). Monday to Friday 8.30am to noon and then 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Vaccination sites

You can book your vaccination appointment at your nearest NSW Health vaccination clinic, nearest participating pharmacy, or local GP. For those in Albury, the Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) Wodonga Vaccination Hub accepts both appointments and walk-ins. Please note that Albury residents are eligible to be vaccinated at the AWH Wodonga Vaccine Hub, however, you will need to apply for a permit to cross the border.

Find your nearest vaccination centre in Albury here

For the rest of the Murray region, you can book your vaccination here

For additional testing locations go to www.mlhd.nsw.gov.au, or for help accessing a test call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline 1800 831 099. MLHD reminds everyone to maintain their vigilance and continue to follow the public health advice around hand hygiene, mask wearing and physical distancing

Summary of NSW Restrictions for the Murray Region

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August mask wearing will be mandatory for everyone in NSW when outside your home, except when exercising (this includes regional NSW until 10 September).

There have been a number of cases in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, so parents and carers across the state are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home, unless they need to be at those services.

There will also be a permit system to enter regional NSW from 12:01am, Saturday 21 August. Any person who wishes to travel to regional NSW after that time for one of the following reasons must have a permit which will be made available on Service NSW:

  • authorised workers from LGAs of concern
  • inspecting real estate. Any person inspecting real estate in the regions must now genuinely need a home to live in (no investment properties); and
  • travelling to your second home. This is now only allowed if you are using the home for work accommodation or if the home requires urgent maintenance and repairs (if so, only one person may travel there).

People across NSW who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed more freedoms next month after NSW hit the target of six million jabs. Certain individual freedoms will soon be allowed for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. From 12.01am, Monday, 13 September:

  • For those who live outside the LGAs of concern, outdoor gatherings of up to five people (including children) will be allowed in a person’s LGA or within 5km of home.
  • For those who live in the LGAs of concern, and who have responded to the call out to get vaccinated, households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home).

These freedoms apply to people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine only.

If you are directed to get tested for COVID 19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.
It remains vital that anyone who has any symptoms or is a close or casual contact of a person with COVID-19, isolates and is tested immediately. When testing clinics are busy, please ensure you stay in line, identify yourself to staff and tell them that you have symptoms or are a contact of a case.
Please check the NSW Government website regularly, and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.
There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. Find your closest clinic here

Stay at home rules

Stay at home rules apply if you live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in regional or rural NSW.

You must stay home. Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse.

If you must leave home, stay within your local area. Do not travel outside your local area if you can avoid it.

Limit your physical contact with people you do not live with. See the restrictions for visitors to a residence

You must carry a face mask with you at all times and wear a face mask when required when you leave your home.


Stay at home orders mean you must only leave home for essential reasons. These include:

  • shopping locally (within your local government area (LGA) or, if outside of your LGA, within 5km of your home from 12:01am Monday 16 August). You may travel beyond this area if the goods or services are not reasonably available locally
  • only one person per household may leave home to shop each day, and browsing in shops is not allowed
  • exercising outdoors with one other person within 5km of home or LGA
  • essential work or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

When leaving home for essential reasons, anyone over 18 years of age must carry photo identification with evidence of their home address, such as a NSW Photo Card or Drivers Licence, and produce it to a police officer on request.

In addition:

  • face masks are compulsory in all indoor non-residential premises, public transport and certain outdoor settings
  • visitors to households is not permitted unless you need care (including personal care)
  • if you are 18 years and over, get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Remember, it's vital for anyone showing any symptoms, or those who are a close or casual contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, to get tested immediately, stay home and follow the health advice. 

 

Information for businesses

Under the stay at home orders, some businesses must be closed to the public. For a full list of impacted businesses and exemptions, please visit nsw.gov.au.


Businesses that can remain open must:


To support businesses and workers at this critical time, the NSW Government's 2021 COVID-19 Support Package has been boosted to include additional financial support measures for individuals, sole traders, micro-businesses, small and medium businesses, as well as the creative services industry, and accommodation providers. 

Looking after your business, workers and income is a big concern for many, but mental health during these challenging times is also important. There is support available for individuals and businesses who need it.
New COVID-19 measures for regional NSW: 

 Anyone unwell, even with mild symptoms should not go to work. It is critical that they get tested immediately, isolate and follow the health advice.

Now is a critical time for everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Everyone 18 and over is eligible. Speak to your local GP or pharmacist or visit nsw.gov.au to make a booking now. 

These are critical measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and everyone's actions will make a difference.

Update: Cross border community – Extreme Risk Zone Permit to enter Victoria

You will need a cross border community – Extreme Risk Zone permit to enter Victoria if you are aged 18 years or over.

Residents of the NSW-Victoria cross border community area will be required to obtain a permit to enter Victoria – including if they are Victorian and can only cross the border for permitted reasons.

To see more information, visit Services Victoria border permit page.

Update to Victorian Restrictions: 2 September 2021

NSW / Victoria border changes

Victoria are reducing the number of communities in the border bubble from 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September.

Six Victorian local government areas including Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, City of Benalla, Buloke, Loddon, Yarriambiack and two NSW LGAs - Broken Hill and Edward River - will no longer be included as a cross border community. This means residents in those LGAs will no longer be eligible for a Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone permit to enter Victoria or return from NSW.

EXEMPTIONS

The permit you need to apply for to enter Victoria from NSW can be found here
Currently , Exemptions are only given for the following reasons:
• An end of life event
• Going to a funeral
• Returning HOME for health, wellbeing, care or compassionate reasons (this this would be for a Victorian returning home to Victoria)
• emergency relocation
• caring for an animal on the other side of the border
It is UNLIKELY you will be granted an exemption for:
• work or education​
• non-emergency or discretionary relocation
• non-urgent medical purposes
• recreation

FAQS ABOUT EXEMPTIONS

FAQs about Exemptions to enter Victoria can be found here

Restrictions

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that almost all of the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine. This is estimated to be around 23 September.

Until then there will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated. Other restrictions – including mask wearing – will stay the same.

From 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September, playgrounds will re-open – with strict rules to keep everyone safe. Playgrounds will be for children under 12 with only one parent or carer, and adults should not remove their masks to eat or drink. Playgrounds will also have QR codes for checking in. In-home care – like babysitters – will also be expanded to school aged children but only if both parents are authorised workers.

Further information about the easing of restrictions when 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one vaccine dose is available at Slowing the spread and keeping our state safe.

Priority vaccination access for Year 12 students

A priority vaccination program from Tuesday 7 September until Friday 17 September will be put in place to ensure Victorian senior students sitting year 12 exams have certainty and are ready for exams.

As part of this program, year 12 students will be given priority booking access at our state-run clinics, as will their teachers and examiners. Students and teachers will need to book an appointment, as walk ups are not available as part of this blitz.

Students and teachers will be able to book one of these priority appointments from Monday 6 September. The Department of Health and the Department of Education will work directly with schools, and students and parents will receive the advice on how to arrange a booking through their schools.

NSW EXTRA INFORMATION

Evidence of ALL of Vic being an area of concern and what that means when you come back to NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots?fbclid=IwAR3XbnwoHOhEPQtoAXBrQD8FbQQX9e9HmajXeiEE90pFLPzWTbGWXfhhNvs#residents
Interstate travel VIC (you can also see the places of high concern that will require testing and/ or /or self-isolation (which is different from stay-at-home rules): https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/interstate-hotspots?fbclid=IwAR1GayT55Thx0_3eaNSVSMya0FY3fYc1olDAFV_JBYme-wGnrNb9XPFL5Oo#victoria
NSW border region map and address checker – use this if you are having to travel to VIC. If the address you are travelling to is outside of the border map , you will have to follow stay at home rules upon return AND complete a self- declaration form upon return:

WARNING:

If a NSW border bubble resident enters Victoria for a non-permitted reason can be subject to a fine of up to $5,452 for entering Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception.

Popular sources of NSW Government COVID information

For the latest information and COVID-19 testing sites please visit: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19