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Byron Bay Covid outbreak: New venues including an Aldi are added to health alert 

More venues have been put on a health alert in Byron Bay after a Covid-infected woman visited the popular tourist town for a hen’s party last week. 

Anyone who visited Henry Rous Tavern in Ballina on Sunday, March 28 between 1.20pm and 2.20pm is advised to get tested immediately and self-isolate until receiving further advice.   

Surf, Dive and Ski in Byron Bay is considered a casual contact location. Customers who visited the store between 1.25pm to 1.30pm on Saturday, March 27 must get tested and self-isolate.

Arnhem Clothing, Spell Designs, The Cellar, Main Street Burger bar, Quiksilver, Aldi and Byron Bay Central Pharmacy are also among the town’s latest casual contact venues.

Anyone who visited Henry Rous Tavern in Ballina on Sunday, March 28 between 1.20pm and 2.20pm is advised to get tested immediately and self-isolate until receiving further advice

Byron Bay locals are on high alert after a man aged in his 20s tested positive. Pictured  are medical staff have their temperature checked outside the Byron Surf club in Byron Bay on Wednesday

Byron Bay locals are on high alert after a man aged in his 20s tested positive. Pictured  are medical staff have their temperature checked outside the Byron Surf club in Byron Bay on Wednesday

New NSW restrictions 

The following restrictions apply to the Byron Bay, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore local government areas, which come into affect from 5pm Wednesday (march 31) and continue over Easter until 11:59pm Monday April 5

– Home gatherings restricted to 30 people, including holiday rentals

– One person per four square metre rule in public indoor settings including hospitality venues

– Customers must be seated at all times in venues

– Mandatory masks in shops, transport, taxis

Strict coronavirus restrictions will be enforced on Easter celebrations in Byron Bay after New South Wales recorded one new case.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced new rules for the far northern NSW holiday hotspot and the surrounding Ballina, Tweed and Lismore local government areas, which come into effect 5pm Wednesday and continue over the Easter long weekend until midnight April 5.

The latest NSW case is linked to the Brisbane cluster sparked by an infected hospital nurse who unknowingly spread the virus at a hen’s party in Byron Bay last week.

The northern NSW man aged in his 20s tested positive on Tuesday night after sitting within close proximity to an infected hen’s party from Queensland at the Byron Beach Hotel last Friday. He is now in isolation. 

Gatherings in homes, including holiday rental properties have been restricted to a maximum 30 people in the four northern NSW local government areas.

Public indoor settings including hospitality venues must revert back to the one person per four square metre rule while the wearing of masks in shops, public transport and taxis will be mandatory.

Over the border, Brisbane’s Covid outbreak is continuing to escalate after 37 new venue alerts were issued on Wednesday evening. 

Hamilton Hotel has been added to the list of high alert venues after a Covid-infected patron visited the bar between 2.20pm and 5.20 pm on Tuesday

Hamilton Hotel has been added to the list of high alert venues after a Covid-infected patron visited the bar between 2.20pm and 5.20 pm on Tuesday

Anyone who visited TAFE in Southbank on Wednesday March 17 from 8am to 4.30pm is considered a casual contact and should get tested

Anyone who visited TAFE in Southbank on Wednesday March 17 from 8am to 4.30pm is considered a casual contact and should get tested

Woolworths in Everton Park, Westfield North Lakes (pictured), Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym in Everton Park and Burrito Bar in Everton Park are also among Brisbane's new casual contact locations

Woolworths in Everton Park, Westfield North Lakes (pictured), Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym in Everton Park and Burrito Bar in Everton Park are also among Brisbane’s new casual contact locations

Woolworths in Everton Park (pictured)  is also among Brisbane's new casual contact locations

Woolworths in Everton Park (pictured)  is also among Brisbane’s new casual contact locations

Hamilton Hotel has been added to the high alert venues list after a Covid-infected patron visited the bar between 2.20pm and 5.20 pm on Tuesday.

Anyone at the pub at the same time is considered a close contact and must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately. 

Newstead Brewing on Doggett Street – one of Brisbane’s most popular bars – has been added to the state’s casual contact locations.

Anyone who visited TAFE in Southbank on Wednesday March 17 from 8am to 4.30pm is considered a casual contact and should get tested. 

Woolworths in Everton Park, Westfield North Lakes, Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym in Everton Park and Burrito Bar in Everton Park are also among Brisbane’s new casual contact locations.

The casual contacts list also includes Officeworks in Rothwell, Stable Coffee Kitchen in Tugun, World Gym in North Lakes, Coles in Everton Park Shopping Centre and Reef Seafood & Sushi Brisbane. 

Brisbane’s new Covid alert venues announced Wednesday afternoon 

Close contacts 

Hamilton Hotel sports bar in Hamilton on Tuesday March 23 from 2.20pm-4.45pm

Hamilton Hotel pokies room in Hamilton on Tuesday March 23 from 4.45pm-5.23pm

Casual contacts 

Body Plus Physio in Caboolture on Tuesday March 16 from 8.30am to 8.50am

Silky Oakes in Strathpine on Tuesday March 16 from 12pm-12.05pm

PriceLine Pharmacy in Albany Creek on Tuesday March 16 from 12.30pm-12.40pm

Grill’d in Eatons Hill on Tuesday March 16 from 1pm-1.30pm

TAFE in Southbank on Wednesday March 17 from 8am-4.30pm

Woolworths in Everton Park on Wednesday March 17 from 1.39pm-2.13pm

World Gym in North Lakes on Thursday March 18 from 9.15am-9.45am

Basil and Vine in Burpengary on Thursday March 18 from 10am-10.15am

Electric Chair Barber Shop in Everton Park on Thursday March 18 from 3.15pm-4.14pm

Lawnton Country Markets Bakery in Lawnton on Friday March 19 from 6.11am-16.26am

Westfield North Lakes on Friday March 19 from 11.20am-11.50am

Newstead Brewing Co. in Newstead on Friday March 19 from 3.54pm-5.29pm

Reef Seafood & Sushi Brisbane in Newstead on Friday March 19 from 5.37pm-6.35pm

The Standard Market Company, Gasworks Plaza, in Newstead on Friday March 19 from 6.35pm-6.45pm

Public Toilet at Gasworks Plaza in Newstead on Friday March 19 from 6.46pm-6.47pm

Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym in Everton Park on Saturday March 20 from 7.40am-8.34pm

Coles in Everton Park Shopping Centre on Saturday March 20 on 8.39am-8.44am

Neighbourhood Market Co in Everton Park from 8.45am-8.55pm

The Bavarian Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane City on Saturday March 20 from 2.15pm-4pm

Riverland Brisbane in Brisbane City on Saturday March 20 from 4.10pm-6.32pm

Viscosity in Fortitude Valley on Saturday March 20 from 6.42pm-7.31pm

XCargo in Fortitude Valley on Saturday March 20 from 7.35pm-9.32pm

Burrito Bar in Everton Park on Saturday March 21 from 3.24pm-3.33pm

Westfield (Dymocks and Woolworths), North Lakes – Tuesday 23 March, 11am to 12pm

Woolworths Strathpine – Tuesday 23 March, 4pm to 4.30pm

TAFE, Southbank – Wednesday 24 March, 8am to 4.30pm

Coles Everton Plaza Shopping Centre, Wednesday 24 March, 3.24pm to 3.33pm

Uroko Sushi on Train, Everton Park – Wednesday 24 March, 7.19pm to 7.33pm

World Gym, North Lakes – Thursday 25 March, 8.45am to 9.45am

Officeworks, Rothwell – Thursday 25 March, 12pm to 12.30pm

Westfield, North Lakes – Thursday 25 March, 2pm to 3pm

Oliver’s Real Food, Maryborough West – Thursday 25 March, 11.50am to 12.09pm

World Gym, North Lakes – Friday 26 March, 10am to 10.30am

Stable Coffee Kitchen, Tugun – Sunday 28 March, 10.27am to 10.48am

Southport Park Shopping Centre – Sunday 28 March, 3pm to 4pm

Masks are now mandatory in all businesses, taxis and on public transport in Byron Bay and the surrounding Tweed, Ballina and Lismore local government areas. Pictured is a waitress wearing a mask in Byron Bay on Wednesday

Masks are now mandatory in all businesses, taxis and on public transport in Byron Bay and the surrounding Tweed, Ballina and Lismore local government areas. Pictured is a waitress wearing a mask in Byron Bay on Wednesday

The latest NSW case attended the Byron Beach Hotel (pictured) last Friday night, where the man aged in his 20s was sitting within close proximity to an infected hen's party from Queensland

The latest NSW case attended the Byron Beach Hotel (pictured) last Friday night, where the man aged in his 20s was sitting within close proximity to an infected hen’s party from Queensland

NSW Health has adopted a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.

We want you to limit the number of people that come to your home to 30 and, as we know, during this time of year, there may be house parties or other events,’ Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday.

‘We want all of those limited to 30 and please make sure you have a list of everyone who attended or is attending your home.’

All public indoor settings, including hospitality venues must revert back to the four square metre rule, where customers must stay seated at all times. 

‘The positive news in all of this is we’re not saying to businesses shut your doors, quite the opposite,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘We are saying you can keep your doors open but because of the risk that is there, we want you to be extra cautious. 

‘Until the end of Easter, you are able to keep your doors open but make sure you revert to the four square metre rule and make sure that all of your patrons are seated and not standing up and mingling.’

‘Given what has been identified since 8pm last night, the community and our citizens would understand why we are taking these measures.’

Gladys Berjiklian (pictured on Wednesday) announced the new restrictions, which come into effect 5pm Wednesday and continue over the Easter long weekend until midnight April 5.

Gladys Berjiklian (pictured on Wednesday) announced the new restrictions, which come into effect 5pm Wednesday and continue over the Easter long weekend until midnight April 5.

The restrictions come as thousands flock to Byron Bay for this weekend's Bluesfest. Pictured is a security guard manning the festival entrance on Wednesday

The restrictions come as thousands flock to Byron Bay for this weekend’s Bluesfest. Pictured is a security guard manning the festival entrance on Wednesday

NEW SOUTH WALES VENUES ON ALERT

Ballina

Henry Rous Tavern, 117 River Street

Sunday March 28 from 1.20pm to 2.20pm 

East Ballina, Ballina Golf and Sports Club (Pro Shop), Jameson Avenue

Sunday March 28 from 2.25pm to 2.35pm 

Byron Bay

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co – Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11am to 12pm

Black Sheep in Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12.30pm to 12.40pm

Byron Beach Hotel in Byron Bay

Friday March 26 from 7.15pm to 9pm

Ghanda Clothing in Byron Bay

Saturday March 27 from 12pm to 12.15pm

Mokha Café – Patrons sitting inside or out the front of the venue (not in laneway in Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11.00am to 12.00pm

Mokha Café – Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)

Saturday March 27 from 11.00am to 12.00pm

Quiksilver Byron Bay 

Saturday March 27 from 12.40pm to 12.45pm

Tiger Lily Byron Bay 

Saturday March 27 from 12.25pm to 12.30pm

Ewingsdale 

The Farm Byron Bay in Ewingsdale 

Sunday March 28 from 8.45am to 10.30am

Three Blue Ducks restaurant – Terrace in Ewingsdale

Sunday March 28 from 8.45am to 9.30am

Suffolk Park 

Park Hotel Bottle Shop in Suffolk Park

Saturday March 27 from 7.30pm to 7.45pm

Suffolk Bakery in Suffolk Park

Saturday March 27 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park – women’s communal toilets in Suffolk Park 

Friday March 26 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Saturday March 27 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Sunday March 28 between 4.00pm to 8.30pm

The infected case was notified after 8pm Tuesday and will be included in Thursday’s NSW figures.

He was informed on Monday he had attended a venue of concern, the Byron Beach Hotel last Friday night. 

He immediately presented for testing and self-isolated.

The man remains in isolation while his household contacts and several friends who were at the hotel with him have tested negative.

A number of public health alerts were issued for venues in Byron Bay after an infected case from the Queensland cluster several businesses on Saturday March 27.

They include Boards in the Bay between 12.40pm-12.45pm, Byron Bay Central Pharmacy between 1.05pm-1.10pm, Main Street Burger Bar between 1.15pm-1.20pm Surf, Dive & Ski between 1.25pm-1.30pm and Ghanda on Lawson Street between 12pm-12.30pm.

Anyone who attended the listed venues at the same time must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Byron Bay is gearing up to host thousands of revellers for Bluesfest, which is currently scheduled to go ahead this weekend.

NSW Health is working with Bluesfest organisers regarding the event, which told festival goers on Wednesday afternoon it will provide an update ‘soon’.

Residents in the Byron, Tweed, Lismore and Ballina areas are strongly urged to not travel outside the region over the Easter break.

‘It is our strong preference – it will not be mandatory but it is our very strong preference – that if you live in any of those four local government areas, that you don’t travel outside those areas,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘We won’t be policing that but it is very strong advice … if there is community transmission, we don’t want it seeded to other parts of NSW.’

There were no plans to close the NSW-Queensland border, nor plans to tighten restrictions further, she told reporters.

Ms Berejiklian warned earlier this week that NSW should brace itself for new infections after a three-day lockdown was imposed on Greater Brisbane.

Cases have also been identified as visiting Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

She also urged people in NSW to cancel any Easter holidays to Queensland, warning them they could get trapped there if the Brisbane lockdown was extended. 

Byron Bay remains on high alert after one new case was recorded in NSW. Pictured are queues at a testing clinic in Byron bay on Tuesday

Byron Bay remains on high alert after one new case was recorded in NSW. Pictured are queues at a testing clinic in Byron bay on Tuesday

 

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