On 20 August 2020 the Full Board met to discuss the Public Health Order (COVID-19 Lord Howe Island) (the Order). The Board considered the advice from a range of sources including NSW Health and the inputs of a survey of Islanders (over 200 responses to date).
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COVID-19 and the subsequent NSW Health Order has had a significant impact on LHI. The LHI Board understands the strain that it has caused the island community both socially and economically. We ask all members of the community to complete a voluntary survey so that we can better understand community preparedness for opening.
Confirmation has just been received that the Minister for Health has signed a new Public Health Order (No.3) for Lord Howe Island. The Order will effectively continue restrictions on travel to the island until 31 August.
Details will be further confirmed when the Order is able to be viewed. However, it is apparent that:
As you will be aware, the LHI Public Health Order No. 2 has restricted access to the island and is due to expire on 3 August. Effectively, this meant that the island would be open to tourism from that date.
The NSW Government has eased the following restrictions from today 1 July 2020. There are a number of changes applying to all of NSW.
A new Public Health Order for Lord Howe Island has been signed by the Minister for Health and Medical Research.
As you are aware due to COVID-19, a Public Health Order has been restricting access to the island and requiring quarantine for those arriving since 22 March. The Order expires on Thursday 18 June.
The NSW Government will ease the following restrictions from Friday 15 May. These changes apply to NSW including Lord Howe Island.
Actions by the NSW Government in recent times with regard to the protection of Lord Howe Island in response to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an immediate cessation of tourism to the island as of 22nd March 2020 with the LHI Public Health Order by the NSW Minister for Health.