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Casino residents in northern New South Wales have gone into a sudden shutdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

NSW Health said late Friday that the stay-at-home order for people in the town of Casino will apply from midnight until October 11 “due to the increased public health risk of COVID-19.”

The stay-at-home order also applies to anyone who has worked at the casino since September 24.

“Everyone in this suburb must stay home unless for an essential reason, including shopping for food, medical care, vaccination, compassionate needs, exercise and work or higher education if you cannot work or study at home,” NSW Health said in a statement.

NSW Health will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19 and will not hesitate to update its advice to protect the health and well-being of NSW residents.

“We are urging people across NSW to continue to apply for testing at the first sign of even mild symptoms.

“High vaccination rates are also essential to reduce the risk of transmission and protect the health and safety of the community.”

The nearby local government area in Kegel is closed until October 11. The two areas in northern NSW join more than a dozen regional areas under stay-at-home orders, including Snowy Monaro, Bathurst, Dubbo, Lake Macquarie, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Cowra, Narromine, Oberon and Port Macquarie-Hastings.

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