NSW Central West wakes to snap 7-day lockdown

Parts of regional New South Wales are waking to harsh lockdown restrictions after an infected truck driver travelled through the area.

The New South Wales government made the decision in a crisis cabinet meeting last night, with the seven days snap lockdown to come into effect from midnight.

It means the areas of Orange, Blayney and the Cabonne Shire Council will have to follow stage one restrictions, meaning they can only leave their homes for essential reasons.


At this stage, construction sites are still open and shows are allowed to trade as well.

It comes after an infected truck driver visited the area last week, infecting another person at the Nestle Purine pet food factory.

The driver also visited a depot and a truck stop at Raglan while infectious.

NSW authorities will provide more information later this morning.

While the lockdown may force Queensland to reconsider its border restrictions to the whole state, now that there’s evidence of community transmission outside of Sydney.

Currently, Queensland is closed to the Greater Sydney area, all of Victoria and all of South Australia.