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Government act – Northern Rivers earns Covid travel break

A decision by the NSW Government to delay travel for fully vaccinated people between Greater Sydney and regional NSW until the state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination rate is win for the Clarence and Richmond Valleys, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis says.

“This is something my Northern Rivers colleagues and I asked for last week and it shows the Government is listening and acting on our local concerns,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“This is the first time a cross-party letter has been written by us, and I am proud of the outcome it has achieved.”

The restriction is the key decision for regional areas in the Government’s roadmap to recovery, released by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Monday.

Mr Gulaptis said he recognised the impact the travel decision would have on the local hospitality industry but pleaded with business to be patient for a little longer, rather than risking everything that had been gained.

“We’ve seen how quickly the Delta strain can spread, and this sensible change will ensure more people can book and receive their COVID-19 vaccination and increase the number of locals who are fully vaccinated when we do open.

“We are not talking about a huge amount of time, a couple of weeks or thereabouts, but it could make all the difference,” Mr Gulaptis said.

He said the best way to get back to normal faster was to vaccinate faster.

“If that is what you want, you should not only book your jab, but encourage everyone you know to do the same,” Mr Gulaptis concluded.

To find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in regional NSW, go to: www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-clinic-finder.

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