NSW Health has issued a public health alert for several Byron Bay venues visited by two women who tested positive to COVID-19 in Queensland overnight, in addition to the Byron Beach Hotel and The Farm which were already named by authorities north of the border.
Greater Brisbane entered a three-day lockdown at 5pm AEST (6pm AEDT) in response to a growing cluster with the infectious UK variant of COVID-19, which has prompted new requirements around the country including stricter no-entry measures from the likes of South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
NSW health authorities have urged everyone in NSW, especially in the Byron Bay area, to get tested if they have even the mildest of symptoms and self-isolate until they get a negative result.
Anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since 20 March and is now in NSW is required to stay at home, although those who have travelled through Brisbane Airport are exempt from these orders.
Individuals travelling to NSW from the Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redland local government areas (LGAs) will need to fill out declaration forms which are available on the Service NSW website.
"This form includes contact details and confirmation whether people have been to any venues of concern. Declaration forms can be completed within the 24-hour period prior to entering NSW, or on entry to NSW," NSW Health said.
"NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time."
Anyone who has been to the following venue must immediately get tested and self-isolate and remain in isolation until further advice is provided by NSW Health:
- Byron Beach Hotel, Friday 26 March from 7-9pm
- Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park women's communal toilets, 26 March from 6-6:30pm and 9:10-9:30pm, 27 March from 3:20-3:50pm
- Mokha Café, 27 March from 10:30am-11:30am
- The Farm Byron Bay, 28 March from 8:45am-10:30am
The following Byron Bay locations are listed as casual contact venues. Those who have been to any of these places at the listed times should immediately self-isolate and get tested regardless of symptoms, and stay in isolation until a negative result is received:
- Ghanda Clothing, 27 March from 12:00-12:15pm
- Tiger Lily, 27 March from 12:25-12:30pm
- Black Sheep, 27 March from 12:30-12:40pm
- Quiksilver, 27 March from 12:40-12:45pm
- Suffolk Bakery, 27 March from 2:45-3:15pm
- Park Hotel Bottle Shop, 27 March from 7:30-7:45pm
Updated at 6:09pm AEDT on 29 March 2021.
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