A number of venues in Byron Bay were visited by people who tested positive to COVID-19, including The Farm, The Beach Hotel, Quiksilver, and Mokha Cafe.
A number of venues in Byron Bay were visited by people who tested positive to COVID-19, including The Farm, The Beach Hotel, Quiksilver, and Mokha Cafe.

COVID UPDATES: NT declares Byron Bay a hotspot

What you need to know 

  • Seven COVID-19 infected patients visited locations in Byron Bay, see list below
  • People who have been in QLD hot spots must isolate as though they were in lockdown
  • If you have returned, or will return, to NSW from Queensland, you are required to complete an entry declaration, details here
  • Find out where you can get a COVID-19 test here

UPDATE 7.25pm: The Northern Territory has declared Byron Bay a hotspot after seven people tested positive in QLD after spending the weekend in the town.

From 4.30pm today, the Northern Territory Government declared the town a hotspot. It joins a list of towns declared hotspots yesterday, including: Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Moreton Bay region, Redland City and the Toowoomba region.

You must have a COVID-19 test if you arrived in the Northern Territory (NT) before 4:30pm on 30 March 2021 and have been in Byron Shire Council since March 26. You must then remain isolated in a suitable place of quarantine for the self isolation quarantine period (14 days).  For these people the self isolation quarantine period ends at 12:00 (noon) on the 14th day after the last day the person was in Byron Shire Council

UPDATE 5pm: Northern NSW Local Health District has extended the opening hours of the four hospital-based testing clinics in Lismore, Grafton, Byron and Tweed, which are now open from 9.00am - 6.30pm seven days a week.

Additional clinics have been set up in the region:

• Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through, Cavanbah Sports Ground, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 8pm Monday -Sunday. No referral required.
• Byron Bay Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay surf club, Bay St, Byron Bay. Open from 9am - 5pm. No appointment required.
• Lennox Head QML Pathology Drive-through clinic, Lennox Community Centre, Cnr Park Lane and Mackney Lane, 8am - 8pm Monday - Sunday. No GP referral required.
• Tweed Heads QML Pathology Drive-through clinic, Cnr Wharf and Florence Street, Tweed Heads, 8am - 8pm Monday -Sunday. No GP referral required.
• Lismore QML Pathology Drive-through clinic, 354 Keen Street, Lismore 8am - 7pm, open from this afternoon.

Staff and visitors to hospitals and health facilities in Northern NSW are now required  to wear a mask as part of added precautions to reduce any risk of transmission.

"Our staff are doing a fantastic job and we're exceptionally thankful for their continued  efforts, especially as the response continues to evolve and change," Mr Jones said. 

 

UPDATE 3.10pm: Five more people who were in a group that stayed at Byron Bay last weekend - and returned to Queensland - have tested positive for COVID-19.

Yesterday, it was revealed two people who visited Byron Bay over the weekend had tested positive to COVID-19

QLD Health announced today the five new cases were linked to the Byron Bay outbreak.

Read more here.

UPDATE 1.15pm: Patrons dining in two cafes in Feros Arcade in Byron Bay on Saturday are being regarded as "close contacts" of people who had COVID-19 and are being asked to get tested and isolate.

Patrons of Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co and Mokha Cafe who sat outdoors in Feros Arcade may have been exposed to the virus.

Because known COVID-19 cases spent time at a shared outdoor laneway in Feros Arcade, NSW Health has identified two venues of concern. The known cases were located in an outdoor section of the Mokha Café, in very close proximity to the outdoor section of Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co, meaning anyone who attended those outdoor sections of both restaurants is considered a close contact.

Anyone who attended the indoor section of Mokha Café is considered a casual contact, but those indoors at Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co are not considered at risk of transmission at this time.

Full details of the hours the infected people dined at Mokha Cafe are listed below.

NSW Health released details of the new venues regarded as hotspots, and reminded people who have been in Brisbane they need to isolate in line with QLD regulations.

People who have been in Greater Brisbane since March 20 and are now in NSW must comply with the same stay at home restrictions that apply to Greater Brisbane, regardless of their current location.

This means anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since March 20 is required to stay at home, except for essential reasons that include shopping for food and supplies, exercise and essential work where it is not practicable to work from home. People who have only transited through Brisbane Airport are excluded from these restrictions.

NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time.

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, and links to Queensland Health advice is available on the NSW Government website.

People from the Byron Bay area,  those who visited at the weekend when confirmed COVID-19 cases attended, and people who have been in Queensland should check the website  regularly for updates: https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

Anyone who attended the following venues is considered a close contact. If you attended these venues at the listed times, you must immediately self‑isolate and get tested, then remain in isolation for 14 days regardless of the result:

NSW Health has established new COVID-19 testing clinics in Byron Bay, including a drive-through, and Byron Central Hospital will increase its operating hours. NSW Health is also extending the hours of operation of other nearby testing clinics, including those in Tweed and Ballina.

Updated clinic opening hours will be available on the NSW Government website. It is recommended you check the website to ensure you have the most up-to-date clinic information.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics, or contact your GP.

NSW Health urges everyone to continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe. This includes always using QR codes to check in to venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID-19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

NSW Health is treating 56 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (95 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

Complete list of venues:

If you were at one of these locations during the given times, you are considered a close contacts.

BYRON BAY

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

2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27, From 11am - 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

Mokha Café - outside in Feros Arcade

2/2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27,  from 10:30am-11:30am

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

Quiksilver

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.

 

UPDATE 11.35am: There are long waiting lines at COVID-19 testing centres on the Northern Rivers today.

At Lismore Base Hospital, the line up extends down to Hunter St.

Here is a list of places you can tested on the Northern Rivers.

 

UPDATE 10am: Premier Gladys Berejiklian said anyone in NSW who had visited Greater Brisbane since March 20 should stick to the same restrictions Brisbane has been placed under.

"Please make sure that if you've returned to NSW you comply with whatever lockdown provisions are in place in Brisbane," she said.

"You have to follow that here in NSW but for those exemptions that are available."

You can leave home to buy food or supplies, for work, to access medical care and for exercise.

Full details on Brisbane's current restrictions here. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Ms Berejiklian said anyone who had attended venues of concern in the Byron Bay area should immediately get tested and isolate at home for 14 days.

"We also expect you to take a second test toward the end of your isolation period," she said.

The full list of close and casual contact venues in the local area is available here.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

BYRON BAY

Byron Beach Hotel

1 Bay St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Friday March 26, From 7pm - 9pm.

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.

Mokha Café

2/2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27,  from 10:30am-11:30am.

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:

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

Quiksilver

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

 

Original story: If you have been to one of these Byron Bay hot spots, or been to Brisbane lately, you need to act now.

NSW Health has issued a Public Health Alert about the stay home restrictions.

People who have been in Greater Brisbane since March 20 who are now in NSW must comply with the same stay at home restrictions that apply to Greater Brisbane, regardless of their current location.

This means anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since March 20 is required to stay at home, except for essential reasons that include shopping for food and supplies, exercise, work and medical care, under the Public Health Order. People who have only transited through Brisbane Airport are excluded from these restrictions.

Entry declaration forms were introduced on Saturday March 27 for people who are entering NSW after spending time in Brisbane City Council or Moreton Bay Regional Council areas in the previous 14 days. This requirement has now been extended to Greater Brisbane, which includes Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redland Local Government Areas and these declaration forms will be available on the Service NSW website.

These forms provide critical information to enable NSW Health to contact travellers if required and is for all travellers who intend to enter NSW by air, road and rail. 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 is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time.

NSW Health urges everyone in NSW, especially in the Byron Bay area, 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 clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics, or contact your GP.

COVID-19 cases attended a number of venues in the Byron Bay area from Friday March 26 to Sunday March 28 before returning to Queensland. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway.

Anyone who has been to one of the following venues must immediately get tested and self-isolate and remain in isolation until further advice is provided by NSW Health:

BYRON BAY

Byron Beach Hotel

1 Bay St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Friday March 26

From 7pm - 9pm

Byron Bay

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

Byron Bay

Mokha Café

2/2 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27

From 10:30am-11:30am

Byron Bay

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:

Byron Bay

Ghanda Clothing

3/8 Lawson St, Byron Bay

March 27

From 12:00pm -12:15pm

Byron Bay

Tiger Lily

3/17-21 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27

From 12:25pm - 12:30pm

Byron Bay

Black Sheep

46 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27

From 12:30pm - 12:40pm

Byron Bay

Quiksilver

2 Jonson St, Byron Bay

March 27

From 12:40pm - 12:45pm

Byron Bay

Suffolk Bakery

Shop 1/2 Clifford St, Suffolk Park

March 27

From 2:45pm - 3:15pm

Byron Bay

Park Hotel Bottle Shop

223 Broken Head Rd, Suffolk Park

March 27

From 7:30pm-7:45pm

A complete list of venues of concern in NSW, and the related health advice, is available on the NSW Government website and people from the Byron Bay area or those who visited at the weekend are advised to check it regularly for updates: https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.

NSW Health is also urging anyone in NSW, who has been in the Brisbane area since March 20, to regularly check the Queensland Health website for updates on venues of concern and follow the associated public health advice: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing.

NSW Health has been alerted to thirteen close contacts who have spent time in NSW. Some have since returned to Queensland. Those remaining in NSW have been instructed to undergo a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. These people will receive regular follow-up contact from NSW Health during this time.

NSW Health is providing new COVID-19 testing clinics and increasing the hours of existing clinics across Northern NSW today. Two new clinics will be in operation in Byron Bay, including a drive-through, and Byron Central Hospital will increase its operating hours. The new clinics are:

Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through, Cavanbah Sports Ground, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 8pm 7 days from midday today.

Byron Bay Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay surf club car park, Bay St, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Sunday from this afternoon.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic, visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics, or contact your GP.


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