Political and business leaders across the MIA have reacted to the news regional NSW will remain under lockdown for a further two weeks.
On Thursday morning, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced all of regional NSW would remain subject to stay-at-home orders until at least September 10.
The lockdown extension came as the state recorded its highest daily total of COVID-19 cases to date with 1029 new locally acquired cases.
Member for Murray Helen Dalton said she wasn't surprised by the news and called for more support to be given to struggling businesses across the region.
"I've spoken to restaurant owners who are getting no financial support at all yet they have lost more than half their revenue because they can only offer takeaway," Mrs Dalton said.
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"If the government is going to force people to stay at home they need to support them to do so."
Mrs Dalton called for the Federal Government to reinstate JobKeeper to help keep businesses and residents afloat.
Leeton shire's mayor Paul Maytom said vaccination was the clear way out of the lockdown.
"Hopefully once we get to that 80 per cent vaccinated rate they can at least start opening up at least out here in the regional areas," Cr Maytom said.
"The quicker we get people vaccinated the better chance we have of opening up again."
Businesses across the MIA have been seriously impacted by a lack of sales since the lockdown was first called, with many forced into introducing delivery and takeaway systems in desperate bids to stay afloat.
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