Pressure grows for snap northern NSW lockdown

A New South Wales MP has called for the entire Northern Rivers region, including the Tweed, to be placed into a snap lockdown.

It comes after a positive COVID case was confirmed in Byron Bay involving a man from Sydney.

Officials say the man in his 50s had been infectious in the Byron community for five days.


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The man had travelled to Byron Bay late last month but officials are yet to confirm reports he had been on the Gold Coast prior to that.

The positive case has put the whole region on high alert with fears it’s only a matter of time before there’s a major outbreak in the state’s north.

Anyone in the Byron, Ballina, Tweed, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Kyogle Shires are being urged to get tested immediately if they develop even the mildest of symptoms.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin says a lockdown now will stop things from getting out of control.

“It is clear to me that the Northern Rivers region needs to go into a short, sharp lockdown, and the sooner the better to get on top of a confirmed COVID-19 case notified overnight in the Byron area,” Ms Saffin said in a statement.

“With any lockdown, we expect the NSW government to immediately put in place the essential supports for the communities and businesses in all affected local government areas.

“I know that lockdowns hurt, but administrative delays hurt more.

“We need more timely advice and more detailed information from the NSW Government and agencies like NSW Health, NSW Treasury and Services NSW. All local MPs and Mayors need to be contacted and kept informed.”

The calls for a Northern Rivers lockdown comes after Tamworth and Armidale were plunged into lockdown after positive cases emerged in those cities.