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Cessnock council urges residents to ‘not get left behind’

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Fully-vaccinated residents of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) could soon enjoy greater freedoms, with the NSW Government set to lift lockdowns and ease outdoor gathering restrictions.

While the stay-at-home order currently affecting the region was extended last week, the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) recorded a further 18 new cases overnight.

Unfortunately, two of those positive infections occurred within the Cessnock LGA.

Despite those alarming figures, the NSW Government lockdown will be relaxed for those who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine when the state reaches its 70% target.

On the Monday after that goal is met, freedoms related to movement, retail, hospitality and gathering will be restored.

But, only to those who have received both doses.

In addition, from Monday 13 September, individuals who are double-vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors with up to five other fully-vaccinated people.

There are no time restrictions on these gatherings, however they must occur in public places and be in a person’s LGA or less than 5km from their home.

With this in mind, council will re-open all public toilet blocks across the LGA from today.

The roadmap also states that LGAs of regional NSW, which have not had a COVID-19 case for 14 days, will emerge from lockdown, making it possible for fully-vaccinated individuals to enjoy freedoms earlier.

Cessnock City mayor Bob Pynsent welcomed the news and is urging unvaccinated residents to book in their vaccination as soon as possible.

“It’s been a tough couple of years for our LGA,” he said.

“I’d love to see the majority of Cessnock residents out and about enjoying our beautiful region again.

“However, vaccination is the only way forward.”

Cessnock City general manager Lotta Jackson echoed the mayor’s message.

“The NSW 70% double vaccination target is expected to be reached in mid-to-late October,” she said.

“The freedoms that will be extended to those who’ve received both doses will make a huge difference to wellbeing.

“So, we don’t want anyone in the Cessnock LGA to be needlessly left behind.”

To book your vaccination, visit the Service NSW website.

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