One locally acquired case in NSW, new Byron Bay restrictions – 31 March

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, 30 March.

However, since 8pm, NSW has recorded one new locally acquired case connected to the Byron Beach hotel.

The case is a man in his 20s who was at the Byron Beach Hotel on the evening of Friday 26 March, at the same time as the infectious travellers from Queensland. The case was notified after 8pm last night and will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.

The new locally acquired case was informed on Monday that he had attended a venue of concern, the Byron Beach Hotel, on Friday night. He immediately presented for testing and self-isolated.

Prior to being tested, the man attended two venues in Ballina while unknowingly infectious, on Sunday 28 March.

Patrons who attended the venues at the same time have been contacted by NSW Health and asked to isolate immediately and be tested. NSW Health will provide further information to these people when the risk of transmission has been assessed.

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

BallinaHenry Rous Tavern117 River StreetSunday 28 March 1.20pm-2.20pm
East BallinaBallina Golf and Sports Club (Pro Shop)Jameson AvenueSunday 28 March 2:25pm-2:35pm

A complete list of venues of concern is available at https://nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates.

Please check it regularly, as advice is being updated as information becomes available.

A number of new casual contact venues associated with the Queensland cases have also been notified.

If you have been to these locations at the listed times, you should get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received. Continue to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, get tested again:

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
Byron BayBoards in the Bay12 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
12:40pm – 12:45pm
Byron BayByron Bay Central Pharmacy31 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
1:05pm – 1:10pm
​Byron Bay​Main Street Burger Bar​18 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
1:15pm – 1:20pm
​Byron Bay​Surf, Dive & Ski​2/14 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
1:25pm – 1:30pm
​Byron Bay​Ghanda​3/8 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481Saturday 27 March 2021
12pm – 12:30pm (note extension of time)

A complete list of venues of concern is available at latest COVID-19 news and updates. Please check it regularly, as advice is being updated as information becomes available.

Restrictions coming into effect in Byron Bay and surrounds

While urgent investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, NSW Health is adopting a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.

As of 5pm today, Wednesday 31 March, the following rules will apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:

  • Mask wearing will become compulsory on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
  • the one person per 4 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 5 April, when the community will be updated.

Got symptoms? Get tested.

NSW Health urges everyone in NSW, especially in the Byron Bay and Ballina 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.

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 COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.