Last night the Lord Howe Island Board was advised that the Minister for Health has extended the Lord Howe Island Health Order. The new Order is substantially the same as the current Order but a new provision has been included to allow flights that have arrived from another part of Australia to land on the Island for the purposes of refuelling.
The Order has been put in place to minimise the risk to community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board acknowledges the impact that this is having on the community and is working towards a financial assistance package for affected businesses. The Board will also consider a recovery plan to help facilitate an earlier opening at the September Board meeting.
The new Order will commence on 31 August 2020 and will expire on the 27 November 2020 unless repealed earlier. In consultation with NSW Health the Board will constantly review the Order and the Board will seek the early repeal of the Order should the risk level to the Island permit an earlier safe reopening.
Qantas have advised that they will cancel tourist bookings for September. Bookings for October and November will be held, but reviewed early in September and October. The weekly Tuesday flight will remain. Bookings for this flight are to be made through Port Macquarie Travel.
It is anticipated Eastern Air will continue to provide the twice weekly Lord Howe – Port Macquarie service and these flights can be booked through the usual channels.