New Byron Bay case locations and stay at home restriction details

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Five new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,099.

There were 7,303 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 8,037.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities)5,099
Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases)56
Total tests carried out5,331,851

People who have been in Greater Brisbane since 20 March 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 20 March 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:

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
Byron BayMokha Cafe Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)2 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
From 11am – 12pm
Byron BayBetty’s Burgers & Concrete Co Patrons who sat in the laneway (Feros Arcade)2 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
From 11am – 12pm

Anyone who attended the following venues is considered a casual contact. If you attended these venues at the listed times you must get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again:

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
Suffolk ParkSuffolk Beachfront Holiday Park (including women’s communal toilets)11 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, NSW 2481Friday 26 March 2021 to Sunday 28 March 2021
From 4pm – 8:30am
Byron BayMokha Cafe. Patrons sitting inside or out the front of the venue (not in the laneway in Feros Arcards)2 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
From 11am – 12pm

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.

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.