IT'S a short drive from Bathurst, but Oberon will feel a million miles away as it comes out of lockdown this weekend.
The council, which has yet to record a case of COVID, is one of a number around the state that is being freed while other councils, including Bathurst, remain under tight restrictions.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz says it will be a great relief for her community, but is urging vigilance nonetheless.
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As Oberon is surrounded by local government areas still dealing with positive cases, she said life won't be returning to complete normality for her area just yet.
"There are still health orders in place, it just gives you a little more freedom and we've got to be thankful for that, but vigilant," she said.
"Fingers crossed, we will remain out of lockdown, but we're very aware that things can change in an instant."
Cr Sajowitz said Oberon businesses are already making preparations to resume and students will be able to return to school for one week before school holidays begin.
"I think a lot of parents will be quite relieved, even though it is only for one week ... [to] touch base with their friends; it's pretty important, that social aspect, especially for children," Cr Sajowitz said.
The community are most especially happy that the hairdressers are going to be open.
"The community are most especially happy that the hairdressers are going to be open. I think there's going to be a bit of a stampede there."
Cr Sajowitz is encouraging everyone in her community to get vaccinated to increase the chances of restrictions being further eased.
As of 12.01am on Saturday, Oberon locals are able to have five guests in their home and have up to 20 people gathered outdoors.
Up to 50 guests can attend weddings and funerals, and businesses will have to abide by the four square metre rule.