The Newcastle Herald's Sage Swinton hit the streets to ask Hunter residents what their thoughts were on the lockdown and to get their reaction to positive cases in the region.
George Boyd, Macquarie Hills
"It's necessary. Lockdown is lockdown. It's going to take some time - it's such a nasty thing. My only concern is my daughter who has a six-week-old baby."
Marianne Lowe, Waratah
"If it's going to stop it we have to. I'd rather not be like Sydney and just have a quick lockdown. It's not great but as long as everyone does what they should do, we should be okay."
Michelle Lobb, Wickham
"My birthday is on Saturday so I'm pretty bummed. But there are lots of people out there who could get sick really quickly so we need to think about others. It was always going to come up here, it's just common sense."
Mary Owens, Newcastle
"It's been threatening here for so long so I'm not surprised. I think it's a good move. We've been lucky to survive so far."
Nate Smith, Maryville
"I was a little bit surprised, but trusting that the people in charge made the right decision. I thought we were fairly safe not being a big city and being spread out. But it is around the world, nobody's immune."
Daniel Patch, Coal Point
"It's inconvenient, but it's got to happen. I think it's probably necessary. (My first thought was) do I have to do home schooling?"
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