Sydneysiders are on high alert after a number of Covid exposure sites were revealed on Saturday evening with a pizza shop and an Officeworks listed as close contact venues.
A stay at home order was also issued on Saturday evening for anyone in New South Wales who has visited 11 LGAs in Queensland since July 21.
The affected LGAs are: Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Anyone in the same household must also follow the stay at home rules and to only leave home with a reasonable excuse.
People will only be permitted to leave their places of residence with a reasonable excuse, being shopping, medical care, caregiving, outdoor exercise with a member of your household or one other person, and work or education, if you cannot do it from home.
Additional affected sites include venues along the Canterbury-Bankstown region including supermarkets, chemists and bakeries within Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak continues to ravage the Southwest.
NSW Health has issued a close contact alert for customers who attended Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield anytime between July 18 to July 24, they must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14-days regardless of a negative result.
Anyone who visited Officeworks at High Street, Penrith, on July 26, 12pm – 5pm is considered a close contact
The same rules apply for shoppers at a Penrith Officeworks on High Street, with shoppers who visited the store on Monday July 26 between the hours of 12pm – 5pm now considered close contacts.
Several other Southwest Sydney sites were listed as casual contact venues, including Wattle Grove Coles, Rainbow Cakes Strathfield, Blacktown Kmart and Cincotta chemist in Campsie.
Bankstown recorded three casual contact exposure sites at a Woolworths at Centro shopping centre on July 30, Priceline Pharmacy on July 28 and Suhhtan Pizza Bakery July 23.
Those who visited the affected venues at the listed times must immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The warning comes as 210 new local cases were recorded overnight with 21 of those infectious within the community, as contact tracers scramble to contain the state’s latest deadly covid-19 outbreak.
A spike in new cases prompted Gladys Berejiklian to announce an entire stadium would be set up to help boost the state’s vaccination rates and 1,000 police and soldiers have been called in to enforce the Sydney lockdown which is now over a month in.
Several other Southwest Sydney sites were listed as casual contact venues, including Wattle Grove Coles, Rainbow Cakes Strathfield, Blacktown Kmart and Cincotta chemist in Campsie
Latest Covid exposure sites in NSW
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Belfield, Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza, 21 Burwood Road. Sunday 18 July to Saturday 24 July. ALL DAY.
Penrith, Officeworks, 273 High Street. Monday 26 July 12pm to 5pm.
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Fairfield, Everyday in Fairfield, 109 Sackville Street. Thursday 15 July 4pm to 4.10pm.
Wattle Grove, Coles, Village Way. Friday 23 July 10.25am to 11am.
Bankstown, Suhhtan Pizza Bakery, 226 Chapel Road. Friday 23 July 12.20pm to 12.25pm
Strathfield, Rainbow Cakes, 2 Churchill Ave. Saturday 24 July 10am-11am.
Blacktown, Kmart, 28 Patrick Street. Saturday 24 July 5.40pm to 5.45pm.
Bankstown, Priceline Pharmacy, 1 North Terrace. Wednesday 28 July 12.45pm to 1.05pm.
Campsie, Cincotta Chemist, 157 – 159 Beamish Street. Friday 30 July 4.40pm to 5.15pm.
Bankstown, Woolworths Bankstown Centro Shopping Centre, Lady Cutler Avenue. Friday 30 July 8am to 9.10am
Of the 210 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases recorded, up to 152 of those cases may have been active in the community while infectious.
‘By far the majority’ of new cases continued to be diagnosed in Sydney’s southwest and western Sydney, Mr Hazzard told reporters.
The minister highlighted the dangers of the Delta strain to young people, with just under two thirds of the new cases (138) aged under 40.
Younger people are also being hospitalised, he said.
Of the 53 people in intensive care, six are in their 20s, four are in their 30s, one is in their 40s, 18 are in their 50s, 14 are in their 60s, nine are in their 70s and one is in their 80s.
Bankstown recorded three casual contact exposure sites at a Woolworths at Centro shopping centre on July 30, Priceline Pharmacy on July 28 and Suhhtan Pizza Bakery July 23
Non-urgent elective surgery has been cancelled but Mr Hazzard said a number of procedures will be dealt with by the private health system instead.
Greater Sydney and surrounding regions are in lockdown until at least August 28, as authorities battle to contain the Delta outbreak.
Saturday marked the return of the construction sector after a fortnight-long enforced break, with work allowed to resume on non-occupied sites provided COVID-safe plans are in force.
But the sector said it cannot call on 68,000 workers – or 42 per cent of the workforce – from eight council areas worst-hit by the city’s coronavirus outbreak.
Australian Constructors Association CEO Jon Davies said many construction sites will struggle to reopen at the end of the two-week industry shutdown with over half its workforce in the locked down LGAs.