Those straddling the Gold Coast/Tweed border are set to learn their fate today, with the New South Wales government announcing whether or not some regional lockdown conditions will lift.
The New South Wales crisis cabinet met yesterday afternoon, to decide which areas may be able to ease the ‘stay at home’ orders, based on the absence of Covid in the community.
The Tweed Shire is one of the areas that hasn’t seen a single case of Covid for over a year but had to be locked down with the rest of the state four weeks ago anyway.
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However, the ABC is reporting that the crisis cabinet will lift lockdown restrictions for the mid and north coast of New South Wales, as well as the Riverina and the Murrumbidgee regions.
On top of that, it’s understood that measures across Greater Sydney will start being wound back from October 18, when at least 70 per cent of eligible adults are expected to be fully vaccinated.
It’s now also hoped that Queensland authorities will review the strict border measures, that have kept families, workplaces and communities apart for weeks.
Leaders on both sides of the Gold Coast/Tweed border are calling for a return to the border bubble so that life can get back to normal.
Yesterday, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said she would consider easing restrictions if the Tweed came out of lockdown, but she was still very concerned about positive sewage results in Byron Bay.
“At this point, we haven’t seen positive sewerage in the Tweed Heads, but we have seen it off and on in Byron Bay,” Doctor Young said yesterday morning.
“So they’ll get new detections and then they’ll clear and they’ll get them again.”
Both Queensland and New South Wales authorities will unveil more details around the changes today and tomorrow.