LAKE MACQUARIE AND THE HUNTER TO ENTER LOCKDOWN
As a result of several positive COVID cases within the community, the Hunter and Lake Macquarie will enter a week long snap lockdown.The lockdown will include Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Newcastle LGA’s and last for a week.
The same rules that apply to the Greater Sydney region will now apply right across the Hunter meaning individuals should only leave their homes for work if they cannot work from home, exercise, essential shopping, to access medical treatment or on compassionate grounds.
Ms Yasmin Catley MP – Shadow Minister for the Hunter said ‘While I understand the community’s frustration at this outcome, this is unfortunate but necessary to make our community safe’.
‘Please stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave and if you have even the slightest of symptoms go and get tested’.
‘We are a resilient community that pulls together in times of crisis and I know we will again to defeat this virus’.
Financial support for impacted businesses is available via the Service NSW website or by calling 13 77 88. Individuals who lose more than eight hours of work are eligible for the federal COVID-19 Disaster Payment and can apply via Service Australia.