The Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands have joined regional New South Wales in a seven day lockdown as of 5pm on Saturday the 14th of August.
The lockdown was announced by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and confirmed by NSW health.
You can only leave the home for the following four reasons,
- shopping for essential items (one person only within LGA/5km)
- care and compassionate reasons (one visitor only)
- exercise (in groups no more than 2 - excluding groups of household members, within 5km or within LGA. No outdoor recreation)
- work and education that cannot be conducted remotely
People who live alone can nominate one designated family member or friend to visit for companionship. "Singles bubbles" will be required to be registered on nsw.gov.au from Saturday, 21 August 21.
Schools will conduct remote learning but will remain open for students who need them.
Masks must be worn in all non-residential indoor settings, outside while queuing for takeaway, at outdoor markets and in all common property shared spaces of a residential building.
In addition to the Stay-At-Home order, anyone in a LGA of concern
Must wear a mask at all times outside the house
Must not go further than 5km from the home for exercise, shopping or single bubble visits
Must not leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers), who will be required to be tested every three days
Construction workers can attend unoccupied sites if they meet vaccination conditions
For the 24 hour period to 8pm Friday, 13 August there were two new COVID-19 cases recorded for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
The first case is from the Shellharbour Local Government Area (LGA) and is a close contact of the case announced earlier this week. This case is isolating at home.
The second case is also from the Shellharbour LGA and is a close contact of a case from outside the Local Health District. This case is isolating at home.
Other case announced this week.
One case is a resident of the Shellharbour LGA and is isolating at home. The source of infection is under investigation, however investigations indicate it is most likely linked to travel to Sydney required for work.
There were 19,383 COVID tests carried out in the Illawarra Shoalhaven for the week ending Sunday, 8 August.
NSW Health provides information about venues of concern where there has been a risk of community transmission from known cases.
A list of venues and advice can be found here.