MORE than 60,000 people across three Central West local government areas are waking to strict stay-at-home orders this morning as NSW Health races to contain a possible outbreak of the deadly Delta strain of COVID-19.
An emergency meeting of health and political leaders late yesterday decided to impose a seven-day lockdown for the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne LGAs after a worker at a Blayney factory became infected with the virus by a visiting truck driver.
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The worker then visited a number of locations in Orange while potentially infectious and those sites have now been identified as exposure sites for the virus.
Residents living in the Bathurst LGA who have visited Orange, Blayney or Cabonne on or after Saturday, July 17 must also adhere to the stay-at-home orders which allow residents to leave their home only if they have a "reasonable excuse", as outlined in the health orders.
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These include leaving the home to go shopping for essential goods and services; to go to work if they cannot work at home; for education, if it cannot be done at home; to exercise within 10km of their home; or for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.
Residents within the three locked down LGAs must carry a face mask with them at all times.
The current orders are in place until 12.01am on Wednesday, July 28.
Visiting the Central West
You must not enter the Blayney, Cabonne and Orange local government areas without a reasonable excuse.