Stay-at-home (SAH) orders will be lifted for the Narromine Shire from 12.01am on Saturday 25 September, provided there is no sewage detections before then.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Narromine Shire has been deemed low risk, but will continue to operate under some restrictions to ensure community safety.
“This is fantastic news for the people of the Narromine Shire,” Mr Saunders said.
“I know lockdown has hit our communities hard, which is why I’ve been fighting tooth and nail for people in places like Narromine, Trangie and Tomingley to be able to enjoy some more freedoms.
“While things can’t quite go back to ‘normal’ just yet, this easing of restrictions will mean kids can get back in the classrooms sooner, businesses can offer more services, more people can attend weddings and funerals and you can have 5 visitors to your home.”
The Narromine Shire has not had a new positive case of COVID-19 since September 11, but a positive sewerage detection at Trangie late last week did prompt health authorities to introduce surveillance testing in the town. To date, that increased testing has not yielded any positive cases of COVID-19, and there have been no subsequent sewerage detections in the Narromine Shire.
To ensure community safety, people who frequent stay-at-home areas like Dubbo will still need to abide by the SAH rules.
“It’s also important we all continue with our COVID-safe practices, including wearing masks, getting tested if you have any symptoms, and getting vaccinated,” Mr Saunders said.
The following freedoms are available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have been lifted:
Gatherings in the home and public spaces:
- Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
- Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.
Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:
- Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
- Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
- Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
- Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
- Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.
- Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.
Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:
- Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
- Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
- Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.
Weddings, funerals and places of worship:
- Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
- Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
- Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.
- Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
- Carpooling will be permitted.
- Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
- Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
- Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.