CITY-dwellers headed to the region have been labelled Tamworth's "biggest concern" amid COVID-19 as the state government sets new boundaries for those planning a visit.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson told the Leader he believed it was fair to invite Sydney residents into the area once NSW hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone.
"Here in our local communities we are doing so much to stay safe, abide by the public health orders, make sure that we are getting vaccinated ... we are doing everything we can in regional NSW," he said.
"I would hope and expect that Sydney-siders respect what we are trying to do here."
Mr Anderson urged Greater Sydney locals to follow the rules until travel to the regions reopen, expected in late October.
"If it's not essential, why would you put others at risk?" he said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro told media on Monday that the change in free regional travel rules was necessary to give some areas the time "they need" to increase local vaccination rates.
There is one active case of COVID-19 in Tamworth, a person who has been deemed "low-risk" and is isolating at a property.
Hunter New England Health (HNEH) confirmed to the Leader a technical glitch was responsible for further cases in the Tamworth local government area showing on the NSW Health case map on Friday.
HNEH also confirmed the single case showing on the map for Walcha is a resident who has an address in the small town but does not live there or pose a risk.
Tamworth's latest sewage result returned positive and authorities are urging the community to continue to turn out for testing.
The state recorded 787 cases and 12 further deaths in the Monday update. Premier Gladys Berejiklian also outlined the roadmap out of restrictions at the update.
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