Businesses are bracing for another period of turbulence throughout Christmas, the New Year and school holidays as the Sydney COVID cluster spreads.
Uncertainty is again the order of the day, and moteliers and other businesses are urging people considering travelling to Orange who have been in hot spots in Sydney to stay away.
HomeFront CrossFit has announced that only residents of "Orange and the local area" will be allowed to classes.
"As a result of the COVID outbreak in NSW we are sadly reintroducing restrictions again," said a social media post.
"Orange has been pretty safe and people have been fairly sensible, and I just hope it stays that way and that people from Sydney realise it's not going to impact them as much as it will impact our community," said the gym's Angus Baldwin.
If they are from a hot spot then they shouldn't come out ... hopefully they can contain it and our local economy can continue and we don't see any positive casesOrange Motor Lodge's Vijay Bohra
Mr Baldwin said on average 10 travellers attended HomeFront CrossFit each week.
"At $20 a pop [the ban] is hurting our business but it's nothing compared to the safety of the wider community of Orange."
"It's about common sense," said Orange Motor Lodge's Vijay Bohra.
"If they are from a hot spot then they shouldn't come out; I think it's better to stay in Sydney because it's spreading there and hopefully they can contain it and our local economy can continue and we don't see any positive cases.
"We check ID and when they check-in we ask if they have been to a hot spot.
"If they say no then that's fine, but if they say yes then we ask if they have a permit."
Mr Bohra said there had already been a small number of booking cancellations, and that if the virus continued to spread it could have a "big impact" on bookings throughout the school holidays.
"Public health [agencies] are doing a fantastic job," he said. "We need to see how it gets contained in Sydney."
Ben Cullis from Best Western Plus Ambassador said "a few" people had postponed their trip to Orange since the outbreak on the northern beaches of Sydney.
"It's something we're monitoring going forward," he said.
Mr Cullis expressed concern about a cricket tournament in January.
"We have teams come here and stay from the Sydney area so it's something we have to watch if they can't travel," he said.
"It's not ideal but it's something we've been dealing with since March.
"We just have to watch and see, which is something we've had to get used to."
In a message to people living in the NSW regions, deputy premier John Barilaro said "we are on top of this, but the truth is we have to take responsibility.
"That's my message for the regions - no need to panic, we're putting in place all those levels of restrictions to minimise any impact to the regions.
"The most important message is of personal responsibility - if you're not feeling well then get checked."
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