Three councils around Orange in Regional NSW are about to be plunged into lockdown, after a COVID-19 positive truck driver visited the area last Friday and Saturday.

Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Shire are going into lockdown from midnight tonight for the next seven days, after a crisis cabinet meeting this evening.

From 12.01AM Wednesday 21 July

People from Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council areas are now under stay-at-home orders, and can only leave home for the following essential reasons:

  • Shopping for food and other essential goods or services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs
  • Exercise outdoors in a maximum group of 2 people (unless they are members of your household)
  • Work or education that can’t done from home

There will be a 2-day grace period for weddings and funerals where people can still attend, but from 12.01AM Friday 23 July, all funerals will be limited to 10 people.

Masks must also be worn indoors (aside from in your own home obvs), and outdoors if you can’t socially distance from people around you.

The lockdown comes as a truck driver tested positive to COVID-19 after visiting Regional NSW. The transmission occurred at a Nestle Purina pet food factory in Blayney, close to Orange, and there is now a list of close contact venues:

  • EG Fuelco Australia, 1 Hanrahan Place, Orange, Saturday, July 17, 5:45pm to 6:00pm
  • Officeworks Orange, 179/181 Byng Street, Saturday, July 17, 4:35pm to 5:05pm
  • Woolworths, North Orange Shopping Centre, 9 Telopea Way, Friday, July 16, 3:00pm to 3:30pm, and Saturday, July 17, 1:20pm to 1:50pm
  • Pizza Hut, 33 Bathurst Road, Saturday, July 17, 4:55pm to 5:05pm
  • CTC Orange, North Orange Shopping Centre, Shop 8, 9 Telopea Way, Saturday, July 17 from 1:50pm to 2:00pm

Anyone who was at these venues must get immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result, and anyone who was in the above LGAs on Saturday, 17 July is also under the Regional NSW stay-at-home-orders.