The Yass Valley was plunged back into lockdown after three days of restricted freedom on Tuesday last week. Since that point, cases have continued to grow on a steady incline. The LGA has 17 active cases, 12 of those cases have an unknown source as of 12:00pm on Tuesday. There are now a total of 18 contact locations in Yass. 

Close contact locations

Anyone who attended one of these venues during the listed time is considered a close contact. Close contacts must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from their moment of contact, regardless of the result.

Yass Soldiers Club 

85 Meehan Street

5pm to 7:30pm on Monday 13 September

2pm to 4:20pm on Saturday 11 September

Australian Hotel Motel

150 Comur Street

6:45pm to 9:20 pm on Saturday 11 September
Club House Hotel

190 Comur Street

1pm to 3:30pm on Monday 13 September

3:20pm to 6:00pm on Saturday 11 September

Australia Post Yass

95-101 Comur Street

11:15am to 11:45am on Monday 6 September

When self-isolating a person must:

  • remain in self-isolation for the number of days determined by the designated health practitioner (usually 14 days)
  • stay at home or the place determined by the designated health practitioner except
    • to obtain medical care, medical supplies or get a COVID-19 test
    • in an emergency situation
  • not permit anyone to enter your home or place where you are in isolation except if:
    • it is their usual place of residence
    • they are also complying with a self-isolation order
    • they are providing medical or emergency support.
    • to deliver food or essential items to you.

Anyone living in the home of a close contact becomes a casual contact, and they must follow the rules for casual contacts, listed below.

Casual contact locations

Anyone who attended one of these venues is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. If their date of exposure at this venue occurred in the last four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

Woolworths Yass

Corner of Comur and Polding Street

8:30am to 9:30am on Sunday 12 September

6:30pm to 7:15pm on Thursday 9 September

3:15pm to 4:15pm on Thursday 9 September

5pm to 5:40pm on Tuesday 7 September

3:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday 6 September 

11:15am to 12:20pm on Monday 6 September 

Clementine Bakery

69 Comur Street

8:30am to 8:40am on Wednesday 15 September

10am to 10:10am on Thursday 16 September

BWS Yass

Corner of Comur and Polding Street 

3:45pm to 4:15pm on Monday 6 September 

12:00pm to 12:10pm on Monday 6 September

Yass Medical Centre

116 Meehan Street

2pm to 3:30pm on Wednesday 15 September
Yass Valley Dental 

77 Lead Street

10:30am to 11:40am on Wednesday 8 September
Millers Pharmacy Yass

114 Comur Street

9:30am to 10am on Monday 13 September

12:45pm to 1:10pm on Friday 10 September

My Medical and Pharmacy Yass

1/63 Laidlaw Street

 

1:55pm to 2:00pm on Wednesday 15 September

9:45am to 10:20am on Tuesday 7 September

My Pharmacy Yass 

1/63 Laidlaw Street

9:45am to 10:20am on Tuesday 7 September 2021
Return and Earn Yass

Polding Street

3:15pm to 4:15pm on Monday 6 September
Yass Newsagency

110 Comur Street

11:40am to 11:50am on Monday 6 September
Aldi Yass 

193 Comur Street

6am to 9am on Saturday 11 September

7am to 10am on Friday 10 September

7am to 2:30pm on Thursday 9 September 

Caltex Yass

1715 Yass Valley Way

8:30am to 8:35am on Friday 10 September
Domino’s Pizza Yass

63 Laidlaw Street

1:10pm to 1:20pm on Saturday 11 September
Mobil Yass

44 Comur Street

6:15am to 6:20am on Friday 10 September
IGA Yass

63 Laidlaw Street

10:10am to 10:30am on Tuesday 7 September

4pm to 4:30pm on Thursday September 2

 

The Walker Park Testing Clinic has been open every day since Monday last week. Check the Southern NSW Local Health District Facebook page for their updates on the clinic’s day-to-day status.

As of the 19th of September, out of Yass Valley residents aged 15 and over, 79.3% had received their first dose, while 51.5% were fully vaccinated.

According to the prior guidelines for release from lockdown restrictions, the Yass Valley would require 14 days with no new Covid cases, as well as no sewage detections. While the case numbers here have been steady, in a perfect and ultimately unlikely scenario, the LGA would not leave lockdown until the 6th of October. After the clear failure of our last three-day release from lockdown, it remains to be seen whether we would be let out of lockdown even if that target is met. When you consider the recent outbreak in Hilltops, the ongoing troubles in Goulburn and Queanbeyan, and the ACT’s continued Covid threat, there are more factors in play when it comes to the Yass Valley in comparison to other regional LGA’s who have had successful releases from lockdown. It may mean that the Yass Valley will now be on a similar timeline to the roadmap to return for metropolitan NSW, which will begin once the 70% double dose target is met.

Max O’Driscoll