RESIDENTS of small communities on the border reliant on having to go interstate for shopping will be allowed to continue to do so, after a change by the NSW government.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard has endorsed an exemption to the public health order governing COVID-19 control.
It means those living in certain remote communities can cross the border "to obtain essential goods and services" including food, fuel, hygiene products and disability support.
The order specifies particular towns and where residents from those can travel to for goods.
They include: Barooga to Cobram, Mulwala to Yarrawonga and Wahgunyah to Corowa.
Those from Tooma, Jingellic, Khancoban and Bringenbrong will all be permitted to travel to Corryong.
Those at Bethanga and Talgarno are allowed to travel by road through NSW to buy items in Wodonga.
Wymah residents can use the road and ferry to go through Victoria to Albury for goods.
Those at Welaregang are permitted to travel via Tintaldra to Corryong.
Mr Hazzard signed the order at 9.30pm on Tuesday after lobbying from his Liberal Party colleague Justin Clancy.
The exemption states if relevant goods and services are readily obtainable in the person's hometown then they should not travel across the border and travellers need to use the "most practicable direct route".