Lismore campus closed for North Coast COVID lockdown

Published 9 August 2021
Covid virus

Southern Cross University will shut the doors of its Lismore campus from 6pm today.

The closure follows the NSW Government’s announcement of a snap, seven-day lockdown for the NSW North Coast local government areas of Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley.

Anyone in the affected LGAs must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. The lockdown will continue until 12.01am on August 17, subject to COVID conditions.

"As a result of the lockdown announcement, the Lismore campus will remain closed and not re-open until 8am on Tuesday 17 August," said Mr Allan Morris, Vice President (Operations) at Southern Cross University.

The lockdown applies to anyone who has been in those LGAs on or since July 31.

Further, NSW Health advises no one can enter the Ballina, Byron, Lismore or Richmond Valley LGAs without a reasonable excuse to do so.

The only exceptions to the Lismore campus closure are the SCU Health Clinic GPs and Private Practitioners and the SCU Child Care Centre . Both will remain operating in order to deliver necessary services to the community (including our students and staff).

Student clinics at the SCU Health Clinic are cancelled for the duration of the lockdown.

All other buildings and services will be locked to student and staff card access.

Get tested

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested immediately.

A drive-through testing clinic is operating in the Lismore campus car park adjacent to the Security Gatehouse at the Military Road entrance. Hours of operation are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

"Thank you for your flexibility as we respond to this situation," Mr Morris said.

Southern Cross University will provide updates and links on its coronavirus page www.scu.edu.au/coronavirus 

Media contact: Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University +61 429 661 349 or scumedia@scu.edu.au