COVID-19 Updates

Temporary restrictions for the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council were lifted at 11.59pm Monday 5 April 2021.

NSW Health reminds the community that the ending of these temporary restrictions has no impact on the self-isolation requirements for the large number of people in these areas who are close contacts. They must continue to isolate for the full 14 days from their date of exposure and get tested again at the end of this period.

NSW Health thanks the community for isolating when required, co-operating with the temporary restrictions and for coming forward for testing in great numbers.

These efforts have provided us with the confidence to lift the restrictions, but we are still in a period of increased risk and we urge the community to remain vigilant for the next week. NSW Health is closely monitoring the situation and will adjust our public health advice accordingly if required.

Though mask wearing is no longer mandatory, NSW Health strongly recommends that people in the Northern Rivers area wear masks in public indoor settings, particularly where physical distancing is difficult. It is critical that people continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours and come forward for testing with even the mildest symptoms. 

It is critical that people continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours and come forward for testing with even the mildest of symptoms. Keeping high testing rates in the area is vital to detect any potential transmission in the community and prevent the virus spreading further. After getting tested, people must isolate until they receive a negative result.


Anyone who visited the venues listed by NSW Health needs to follow the instructions about testing and isolation.

COVID-19 Testing Clinics

Please check the NSW Health website regularly, as advice is being updated as information becomes available.  

COVID-19 Case Locations

NSW Health provides advice for people travelling to and from NSW  and people travelling from Greater Brisbane to NSW will need to complete a NSW entry declaration available from Service NSW.


To report COVID-19 offences, please contact NSW Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or visit the NSW Crime Stoppers website.

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