BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA – NewsWire Photos March 30, 2021: The Farm at Byron Bay is closed for business after a recent COVID-19 scare. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Scott Powick
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA – NewsWire Photos March 30, 2021: The Farm at Byron Bay is closed for business after a recent COVID-19 scare. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Scott Powick

New venues of 'concern' in COVID contact tracing trail

UPDATE 3PM: Restrictions are in place for health facilities across the Northern Rivers.

NSW Health said visitor restrictions in hospitals and health facilities have been strengthened to protect patients and staff.

Patients are now permitted to have one visitor for one hour, twice a day, between the hours of 1pm and 6pm. Two separate visitors could visit a patient during these hours.

Temperature checking is in place, and visitors who have been in the Greater Brisbane area over the last 14 days are not permitted to enter. Visitors also need to check in with the QR code.

Maternity services have also further restricted visitors. Women can continue to nominate two support people for the labour and birth, and these support people can also visit after the birth. No other visitors are permitted at this time.

"Wherever you are over this holiday period, it's critical that you continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours and come forward for testing, with even the mildest of symptoms," Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive, Wayne Jones said. 

UPDATE 2PM: The list of venues of concern regarding COVID-19 exposure on the Northern Rivers continues to grow.

The full list of venues and the action you need to take is listed on NSW Health website.

The venues impacted are as follows:

Ballina Shire on Sunday March 28:

  • Henry Rous Tavern - close and casual contacts
  • Ballina Golf and Sports Club (Pro Shop) - close contact
  • Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym - close contact

Byron Bay on Friday March 26:

  • Byron Beach Hotel - close contacts
  • Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park - women's communal toilets

Byron Bay Saturday March 27:

  • Aldi Byron Bay
  • Arnhem Clothing
  • Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co - Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade) are considered close contacts.
  • Black Sheep
  • Boards in the Bay
  • Byron Bay Central Pharmacy
  • Ghanda Clothing
  • Kivari Boutique
  • Main Street Burger Bar
  • Mokha Café - close and casual contacts
  • Quiksilver
  • Spell Designs
  • Surf, Dive & Ski Byron Bay
  • The Cellar
  • Tiger Lily Byron Bay
  • Park Hotel Bottle Shop
  • Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park - women's communal toilets
  • Suffolk Park Bakery

Byron Bay on Sunday March 28: 

  • Three Blue Ducks restaurant - Terrace at The Farm Ewingsdale are close contacts
  • The Farm Byron Bay - any other sites (including Poppy and Fern, Wormticklers and other sections of Three Blue Ducks, excluding the Terrace, where patrons attended at the time and date listed must follow close contact advice)
  • Park Hotel/Motel - pub restaurant at Suffolk Park - close contact
  • Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park - women's communal toilets

 

UPDATE 1pm: NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This is the case acquired in Byron Bay and announced yesterday morning.

Four new cases were acquired overseas in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5107, and 56 people have died.

There were 20,459 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day's total of 17,393. 

Queensland Health has advised that stay-at-home restrictions for Greater Brisbane will end at 12pm AEST today.

NSW has been mirroring the Queensland Health restrictions for anyone in NSW who has been to Greater Brisbane since 20 March, and these people will also no longer be required to stay at home from this time (1pm local time).

While urgent investigations and contact tracing continue into the local case and the cases who visited Byron Bay from Queensland while infectious, NSW Health is adopting a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.

The following rules now apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:

•         masks must be worn on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings

•         the one person per 4 square metre rule applies at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues

•         the number of household visitors is capped at 30, including at holiday rental properties.

These restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday April 5, when the community will be updated.

NSW Health last night issued an update on new venues of concern in the Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head areas. Advice has also been updated for the Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym at 5 Snapper Drive in Lennox Head.

Anyone who attended on Sunday March 28 between 8am and 10.30am is now considered a close contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. 

A complete list of venues of concern and associated health advice is available at  https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates. Please check this page regularly, as advice is being updated as further information becomes available.

NSW Health urges anyone throughout the state who has even the mildest of cold-like symptoms to be tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

This is even more important during the Easter long weekend, when people will travel around the state and attend gatherings with family and friends.

People are encouraged to hold gatherings outdoors where possible and reminded to always check in and out when visiting venues.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week, including over the long weekend.

To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics<span style="mso-bookmark:_Hlk635

 

Update 11am: NSW officially recorded just one new locally-acquired COVID-19 case in the 24 hours to 8pm Wednesday, NSW Health confirmed.

The case was announced by health authorities on Wednesday, a man in his 20s who is believed to have become infected while at the Byron Beach Hotel at the same time as an infectious hen's party from Queensland.

This comes as the Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym  at 5 Snapper Drive in Lennox Head was identified as a new venue of concern, along with a large number of new locations in Byron Bay.
 

Update 10.30am: The lockdown on Greater Brisbane will be lifted from midday (Queensland time) today.

This means NSW residents who have been in Brisbane since March 20 will no longer be subject to the same rules.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced similar restrictions to those now in place in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina and Tweed Shires would apply to all of Queensland from 12pm (Qld) until the same time on April 12.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state recorded 34,711 tests on Wednesday.

"Easter is good to go," she said. 

A further case of COVID-19 directly linked to the Byron Bay hen's party cluster has been reported in Queensland.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will offer a press conference at 11.30am.

Update 7am: NSW Health has confirmed new venues in the Northern Rivers that were been visited by a confirmed case of COVID 19.

Anyone who attended the following new venues must immediately get tested and self isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health:

- Lennox Head - Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym, 5 Snapper Drive, Lennox Head, 2478 - Sunday 28 March, 6am-11:00am.

- Suffolk Park - Park Hotel/Motel - pub restaurant, 223 Broken Heads Road - Sunday 28 March, 1pm-2pm.
Advice has been updated for the following venue.

Anyone who attended at the time listed is a close contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

- East Ballina - Pro Shop, Ballina Golf and Sports Club, Jameson Avenue - Sunday 28 March, 2:25-2:35pm.

The advice by Health NSW last night offered a sobering realisation: Most retail outlets in main streets of Byron Bay are included in the health warning:

- Byron Bay - All retail and takeaway shops on Lawson Street, Jonson Street, Browning Street and Fletcher Street - Saturday 27 March, 12pm-4pm.

Retail and takeaway shops include:
• Black Sheep
• Boards in the Bay
• Byron Bay Central Pharmacy
• Ghanda Clothing
• Main Street Burger Bar
• Quiksilver Byron Bay
• Surf, Dive & Ski
• Tiger Lily Byron Bay
• Kivari Boutique Byron Bay
• Arnhem Clothing
• Spell Designs
• The Cellar
• Aldi

Updated information was also confirmed for the following venues:

- Ballina - Henry Rous Tavern, 117 River Street - Sunday 28 March, 1.20pm-2.25pm.

Please note: If you have attended this venue and NSW Health has already advised that you are a close contact, you must continue to follow this advice. Sunday 28 March, 1.20pm-2.25pm.


- Suffolk Park - Suffolk Park Bakery, 2 Clifford Street - Saturday 27 March, 11:15am-11:40am.

 

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, is available on the NSW Government website: https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates. Please check the website regularly, as information be added or updated.

 

Original story: The NSW Government is expected to release today the total number of new community transfer cases, following a growing number linked to a Byron Bay hen's party.

The Premier on Wednesday announced a positive case was detected after 8pm on Tuesday, which would be included in today's numbers.

As a result, Tweed, Byron, Ballina and Lismore LGAs are on "extra high alert" and will be on tighter restrictions than the rest of the state throughout Easter.

How the new COVID restrictions will impact you

Bluesfest was also cancelled following growing concern about the cluster.

The following rules now apply in the Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council areas:

  • Mask wearing will become compulsory on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
  • The one person per four square metre rule will apply at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues
  • The number of household visitors will be capped at 30 including holiday rental properties.

 

 

These restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday, April 5, when the community will be updated.

What Bluesfest cancellation means for ticket holders

NSW Health has urged everyone in NSW, especially in the Tweed, Ballina, Byron and Lismore areas, with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

To find your nearest testing clinic, visit here.

NSW authorities called on anyone who attended one of the locations listed below to get tested and isolate, and announced more testing clinics to help cope with demand.

BYRON BAY

Mokha Cafe Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade).

2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27, From 10.30am - 12pm

Byron Beach Hotel

1 Bay St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Friday March 26, From 7pm - 9pm

Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co

Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade).

2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27, from 11am - 12pm

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park - women's communal toilets

143 Alcorn St, Suffolk Park

March 26, From 6pm - 6:30pm and from 9:10pm - 9:30pm

March 27, from 3:20pm - 3:50pm

The Farm Byron Bay

11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481

Sunday March 28, from 8:45am - 10:30am.

The following are casual contact venues. If you have been to any of these places at the listed times, you should immediately self-isolate and get tested regardless of symptoms, and stay in isolation until a negative result is received:

SUFFOLK PARK

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park (including women's communal toilets)

14 Alcorn St Suffolk, Park, NSW, 2481

Friday March 26 to Sunday 27, from 4pm - 8:30am

BYRON BAY

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

2 Lawson St, Byron Bay 2481

Saturday March 27, from 11am -12pm

Ghanda Clothing

3/8 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27, from 12:00pm -12:15pm

Tiger Lily

3/17-21 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27, from 12:25pm - 12:30pm

Black Sheep

46 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27, from 12:30pm - 12:40pm

Quicksilver

2 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27, from 12:40pm - 12:45pm

Suffolk Bakery

Shop 1/2 Clifford St, Suffolk Park

March 27, from 2:45pm - 3:15pm

Park Hotel Bottle Shop

223 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park

March 27., from 7:30pm-7:45pm.

BALLINA

Henry Rous Tavern

117 River Street Ballina

Sunday 28 March 1.20pm-2.20pm

Ballina Golf and Sports Club (Pro Shop)

Jameson Ave East Ballina Sunday

28 March 2:25pm-2:35pm

Symptoms of COVID-19 (from NSW Health website)

Symptoms include:

  • fever (37.5C or higher)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell.

Other reported symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • acute blocked nosed (congestion)
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting
  • loss of appetite.

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