The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, declared Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council a COVID-19 hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support from 11:59pm on 21 July 2021. This was for an initial period of seven days, with a review on or before 28 July 2021.
Yesterday, the New South Wales Government announced easing of movement restrictions for the Local Government Areas of Orange, Blayney and Cabonne from 12:01am on 28 July 2021. Given no further cases have been detected in the region, the Acting Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd has decided to lift the declaration of Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Shire Council as a hotspot from 11:59pm on 28 July 2021.
Public health measures for these areas will return to the same level as the rest of regional NSW, and can be found on the New South Wales website.
Professor Michael Kidd encourages members of the public to continue to follow the directions of their relevant state or territory health department, including monitoring their website for updates.