ONLY ONE of Armidale's three coronavirus testing options will remain open on Christmas and Boxing Day despite the current outbreak across NSW.
Armidale Hospital Drive-through Clinic will remain open with its usual hours from 9am to 3pm.
Laverty Pathology will shut its doors at midday on Christmas eve and won't reopen until Wednesday December 29.
It will also close on January 1 and 2, 2022.
While Armidale Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Walk-in Clinic will be closed for Christmas and Boxing Day as well as public holidays.
Guyra Multipurpose Service Drive-through Clinic will also remain open with its usual hours from 9am to 10am over the Christmas break.
The recent outbreak has sparked residents to flood local pharmacies for rapid antigen tests.
Terry White Chemist Armidale believe they have sold somewhere between 700 and 800 RATs in the last few weeks.
A spokesperson for Laverty Pathology confirmed that during the Christmas period, some of their sites will be operating on reduced hours.
"Gunnedah is scheduled to close for four normal operating days and Tamworth will close for one operating day outside of the public holidays," she said.
"We apologise for any inconvenience."
"Alternative testing sites can be found on the NSW Government website."
The spokesperson did not confirm if the decision could be reversed in case of a major COVID-19 outbreak.
"Laverty continues to work with local public health and will respond to any changes to testing demand accordingly," she said.
It will be even harder to get tested over the holiday break in smaller towns around the region.
The Laverty clinics in Gunnedah and Inverell will close for nine days from Christmas day.
Most of the state's testing clinics closed in 2020, during a relatively quieter period of the pandemic.
Residents will still be able to get tested for coronavirus at the Tamworth hospital for most of the holidays, but the testing clinic will operate on reduced hours.
It will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, according to its website.
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