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Welcome relief but COVID challenge far from over

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd has welcomed the relaxing of the COVID-19 lockdown but has urged residents to remain vigilant.

Cr Kidd was responding to news that the stay-at-home orders currently in place in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas will be lifted, as
scheduled, at 12.01am Wednesday July 28.

There has been no further transmission of COVID-19 detected in the region since the case notified on 20 July. Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council
will revert to the same restrictions as the rest of regional NSW from tomorrow (Wednesday).

“This is a result of the community knuckling down, following the health orders and the lock down and staying safe,” Cr Kidd said. “Without that we would not be here today.”

Cr Kidd said while the news was good there were still challenges ahead.

“What we have learned over the last 18 months is that this pandemic will continue to throw up new challenges,” Cr Kidd said. “Continuing to meet those challenges as we have this lockdown is our best chance of getting through this.”

“I am also thankful that relaxing the lockdown will bring some relief to business who have had to shut up shop. While this is predominately a public health issue those business owners have
families and employees, and how they are managing through this must be incredibly difficult.”

Cr Kidd said the message to the community was straightforward.

“The best thing to do is follow the COVID safe rules, where necessary get tested and if you can, get vaccinated,” the Mayor said.

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