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Yass, NSW locked down after just three days of eased restrictions

The NSW town of Yass will go back into lockdown after just three days eased restrictions.

The NSW town of Yass will go back into lockdown after just three days eased restrictions.

Yass Valley Council, an hour’s drive from Canberra, was among the regional communities that were treated to an early exit from tough lockdown restrictions on Saturday morning.

But on Monday a local case of coronavirus was confirmed and now the area will go back into lockdown.

“It‘s disappointing and frustrating, that we’ve just come out of stay-at-home orders, having to now go back into it at midnight tonight,” Yass mayor Rowena Abbey told NCA NewsWire

“But obviously, we need to be on top of where people have potentially been and where this positive person has been, and make sure that the community stays safe.”

Stay-at-home orders will be reimposed from one minute after midnight on Tuesday.

The lockdown will last for two weeks.

“A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the area today (Monday), following a recent positive sewage detection. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway,” NSW Health wrote in a statement.

“Following updated health advice from the chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Yass Valley Council area or have been there on or after Thursday 9 September.”

Yass residents who were fully vaccinated got a taste of freedom on Saturday morning, when pubs and businesses were given the green light to reopen.

More to come.

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