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Positive COVID-19 case at Dubbo saleyards | Vic reduces NSW border bubble

Beef Central, 02/09/2021

A person who was working at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets last Thursday, August 26, has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the postponement of today’s scheduled prime cattle sale to Saturday.

The Dubbo Regonal Council said the facility is now undergoing a deep clean to conduct infection control measures so the facility can resume regular operaton, in line with standards identified by public health and SafeWork NSW.

The DLRM is now listed as a venue of concern for any person that attended the cattle sale last Thursday.

The Dubbo Regional Council has advised that NSW Health will be in contact with those customers and staff who are deemed close or casual contacts.

However, people who attended the DLRM last Thursday should consider themselves to be a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

The council said any person that attended the sale last Thursday and intends to attend the prime cattle sale this Saturday will be required to show proof of a negative test result at the entry gate.

Anyone unable to provide proof will not be permitted entry to the DLRM.

The council said restrictions remain in place with only DLRM staff, DLRM agents, DSSA staff, genuine registered commission/company buyers and carriers are permitted on site

Mandatory check-in and fitted face masks are also a condition of entry, in line with NSW Health’s Public Health Order.

“We are doing all we can to ensure our premises are safe for our customers and our staff,” the Dubbo Regional Council said.

“We know this is a part of running an essential business during a pandemic. However, it is important we do this to protect our community.”

Victoria reduces border bubble with NSW

Meanwhile The Victorian Government has announced a reduction in the number of regions in its border bubble with New South Wales as it moves to halt the further spread of COVD-19.
The Victorian government announced last night that six Victorian local government areas and two NSW local government areas will be removed from the existing ‘cross border community’ as of 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September.
The decision means Victorian local government areas including Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, City of Benalla, Buloke, Loddon, Yarriambiack and two NSW LGAs – Broken Hill and Edward River – will no longer be included as a cross border community.
Excluding the areas from the bubble community means they will no longer be eligible for Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone permits, which allow residents living near the border to cross it for essential purposes.

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