Upper Hunter, Singleton and Muswellbrook LGAs will remain in lockdown despite some parts of the state easing restrictions.
Lower Hunter regions including Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens will also continue following the stay-at-home orders.
Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
It follows from the 12 new confirmed cases that appeared within the Hunter New England Health District overnight.
Four were in the Port Stephens LGA, four in Newcastle, three in Lake Macquarie and one in the Maitland.
A spokesperson from Hunter England Health has confirmed the Maitland case belong to the Cessnock LGA and will be re-issued.
The individual is from Hedden Greta but is linked to the Upper Hunter mines outbreak at Mt Pleasant in Muswellbrook.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said regional communities are doing an incredible job following health advice and getting vaccinated which has made the easing of lockdown in some areas possible.
“Today, I can announce that while unfortunately many regional LGAs will remain in lockdown due to COVID case numbers, for other parts of the state, stay-at-home orders will be lifted allowing more freedoms for those communities.
“This decision is based on NSW Health advice, and the LGAs which remain in lockdown will continue to be monitored and we will update those communities on a regular basis.
“My strong advice to everyone in regional NSW is to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Our communities need to continue to get vaccinated so that when NSW reaches 70 and 80 per cent, restrictions can ease significantly,” Mr Barilaro said.
A full list of the regional LGAs still under lockdown orders:
Stay-at-home orders will remain in place in the following LGAs:
- Broken Hill
- Central Coast
- Central Darling
- Goulburn Mulwarre
- Lake Macquarie
- Port Stephens
- Snowy Monaro
- Upper Hunter