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COVID-19 Northern Beaches thread: continuous updates

19 January 2020: BACK TO DOUBLE DONUTS!NSW recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night for the second day in a row.

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times.

18 January 2021: BACK TO DONUT DAYS! NSW recorded zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times

17 January 2021: NSW recorded six new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. All six new cases are close contacts of a case in western Sydney.

16 January 2021: NSW recorded one new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. It is not connected with the Northern Beaches.

15 January 2021: NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, the second day in a row to record zero local transmissions.All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times

14 January 2021: NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. The last time there were no locally acquired cases in NSW was the 24 hours to 8pm on 6 January.


13 January 2021:
NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. None is linked to the Northern Beaches. Please see our previous two day summaries for information on local venue exposure times and dates.

12 January 2021: NSW recorded five new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Two cases from the Northern Beaches are household contacts of each other. The source of their infections is under investigation. New venues were listed last night (below) for potential exposure.

UPDATED: Anyone who attended the following venue at the time listed below is a casual contact who must get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received. If symptoms appear, please isolate and get tested again.

  • The Groomsmen Barber Shop, Warriewood Square, 12 Jacksons Rd, Warriewood, on Wednesday, 6 January, between 11.30am and 12pm

11 January 2021: A COVID exposure alert has been issued this evening for a number of locations in Warriewood from New Years eve though to last week as well Brookvale last Friday. Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below is a casual contact who must get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received. If any symptoms appear, get tested again. Please note we only list Northern Beaches locations and broader locations are available on the NSW website.

Coles, Warriewood Square on:

Thursday 31 December

2pm – 2.10pm

Tuesday 5 January

12.45pm – 1pm

Woolworths, Warriewood Square on

Monday 4 January

12.15pm – 12.45pm

AND

Wednesday 6 January

12pm – 12.15pm

Aldi, Warriewood Square on

Tuesday 5 January

12.10pm – 12.40pm

Friday 8 January

12pm – 12.25pm

Rebel

12 Jacksons Rd, Warriewood

Wednesday 6 January

12.15pm – 12.30pm

Anyone who attended the Pharmacy 4  Less in Warriewood from 12.25-12.35pm on 8 January or Brookvale’s Pool and Spa warehouse on Chard Road from 11.05-11.15am 9 January should monitor for symptoms monitor for symptoms and, if they occur, get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Southern zone listings:

Brookvale Pool and Spa Warehouse

 

20 Chard Road, Brookvale Friday 8 January
11.05am – 11.15am

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times

11 January 2021:NSW recorded three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. None is linked to the Avalon cluster. Sewerage testing detected COVID-19 in Warriewood last week but there are no new confirmed cases in the area presently or new venues of concern.  We will update as further data becomes available.

10 January 2021: NSW recorded three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One case is linked to the Avalon cluster and is a close contact of a known case.
The upper Northern Beaches is no longer in lock down from today, with Greater Sydney under the same general restrictions.


9 January 2021:
 NSW recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. This case has been linked to the Berala cluster. Fresh from a brief holiday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterated that the upper Northern Beaches, or “northern zone” would be free from lockdown from midnight tonight. But it is not a time for complacency, she warned, confirming that a number of new and more transmissible strain variants were now present in Australia.

From tomorrow all of greater Sydney will be under the same restrictions. Details will be updated on this NSW landing page


8 January 2021:
Northern zone Northern Beaches residents will be “free” from midnight this Saturday, 9 January (crossing into Sunday) when they will join the rest of Sydney under general restrictions. There’s a bit of a lag, but all restrictions and details will be updated on this NSW landing page.

NSW recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One of these cases is in Avalon, this is why a warning was issued for potential exposure venues in the area for early January.

7 January 2021: DONUT DAYS! NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

6 January 2021: NSW recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

One, a man in his 20s, is a household contact of a case linked to the Avalon cluster. This brings the total number of cases for the Avalon cluster to 149.

The Northern Zone of the Northern Beaches is to remain in lockdown until 9 January.


5 January 2021
:NSW recorded four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. None linked to the Avalon cluster.

4 January 2021: NSW recorded ZERO new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, the first time it has done so since 15 December 2020. New venues unconnected to the Northern Beaches have been updated on the NSW Health website. Two Collaroy residents have been fined for taking a holiday while stay at home orders were in place.

3 January 2021: NSW recorded eight locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional three cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Two of these were linked to the Avalon cluster with the remainder now centered around new clusters elsewhere in Sydney.

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times.

2 January 2021: Southern zone set free, masks now mandatory. Please see our separate story

11:40AM 1 January 2021: Just three cases augurs well for a Happier New Year

NSW recorded three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional two cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. None was on the Northern Beaches.

New venues of concern have also been notified in Berala and Smithfield in western Sydney. The Premier reiterated that relief would be on the way for the southern zone of the Northern Beaches with an announcement due tomorrow 11am.

The Premier had this to say about the Northern Beaches:

Premier Gladys Berejiklian reflects on how the Northern Beaches community has dealt with COVID-19

11AM 31 December 2020: RELIEF LOOKING LIKELY FOR MANLY IN NEW YEAR

“We are looking forward to hopefully giving some relief to the lower Northern Beaches from January third,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reiterated at today’s press conference. “We will have more to say on this in the next couple of days.”

There were 10 cases of community transmission overnight, five of which were linked to the Avalon Cluster. Almost 28,000 people came forward for testing, the Premier said.

“Pleasingly we have seen the numbers go down but it’s really volatile, it’s going to bounce around.”

The five cases linked to the Avalon cluster today include two cases who are close contacts of a person from northern Sydney, who was reported yesterday and is now linked to this cluster, along with his two close contacts reported today.

The case from northern Sydney was at Pittwater Place in Mona Vale for work between 13 and 19 December. NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant asked anyone who visited Pittwater Place with even the mildest of symptoms between those dates to get tested. Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster.

A number of restrictions remain in place for the New Year’s period, with an announcement on changes  for the southern zone due 2 January 11am.

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times. Most of the new venues are in the Bass Hill, Croydon and Bankstown areas. 

BREAKING 11AM 30 December 2020: All households in Sydney, including the southern zone of the Northern Beaches, will now be restricted to five guests over New Year’s Eve the Premier has just announced. The five visitor limit includes children.

The groups of up to 10 are still permitted for outdoor recreation and five in Avalon.

NSW recorded 18 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional seven cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW to 4,717 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nine of today’s locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster. They had all been previously identified as contacts of known cases. Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, which now numbers 138.

An additional six are linked to an extended family in Croydon in the innerwest.

Health experts are calling it the Croydon Cluster, she said. “And we anticipate because of that extended family’s movements there will be additional cases reported tomorrow.”

The Premier said the Croydon Cluster was particularly concerning because the source was unknown.

We also have three cases under investigation, one is in the Northern Beaches and two in Wollongong.

“As you can see we have had a proliferation of cases outside of the Northern Beaches overnight,” the Premier said.

“The Health advice isn’t asking for [a Sydney-wide lockdown] yet. But obviously if the health advice ever changes, we will change the settings in place.”

There were 17,267 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 16,329.

The Premier and NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant urged more people get tested.

Aged care facilities Sydney-wide are asked to not to take visitors until at least 6 January, Dr Chant said.

All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times.

5PM 29 December 2020: New venues have been added to the close and casual contact with COVID-19 list, almost all out of area aside from a series of dates at Pittwater Place in Mona Vale from two weeks ago. All press releases can now be found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times.

11:33AM
 29
December 2020: Only three new cases overnight

NSW recorded just three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional six cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

All three of today’s locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster. However it was revealed this morning that as many as three new “mystery” cases have emerged overnight not linked to the cluster at all. There remains a mystery case from a worker in Manly who commuted from out of area who appears unlinked to the cluster.

The Premier acknowledged that Manly and surrounds (southern zone) was only very slightly more at risk than Greater Sydney right now.

NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant was asked if the Avalon cluster had created any stress on the health for the Northern Beaches.

She replied that of the 122 COVID-19 cases, none was in intensive care and very few were in hospital.  She added: “We sometimes see a lag in presentations, often the second week of onset has complications… please don’t take from [these stats] that this is a mild disease.”

It was also revealed during today’s press conference that many more people from the Northern Beaches were “under investigation” following attendance at a wedding at Pyrmont earlier this week – including both the bride and groom, who are believed to be beaches locals.  Nine people have already been issues fines.

12:00PM 28 December 2020

Stay-at-home orders will stay in place until at least 9 January for the northern zone of the Northern Beaches, and at least 2 January for the southern zone, including the Manly area.

There were five more cases of community transmission overnight.

Small gatherings will be permitted on New Year’s Eve, however.

For the north this mean a total of five guests inside a home and the south a total of ten, including children.


11PM 27 December 2020:
New venues, largely out of area in Casula. All press releases can now found here, providing official statements and recent exposed venue dates and times.

11AM 27 December 2020: Local firefighter part of Belrose Hotel ‘mystery’ transmission

A Northern Beaches firefighter who attended the Belrose Hotel is one of seven cases identified as COVID-19 positive overnight. NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said they did not know how the firefighter contracted the illness as there was a “missing link”.

One of the earliest cases in the Avalon cluster is a man in his 20s who works at Belrose Hotel, but he was not present at the time the firefighter was present.

“The firefighter attended the Belrose Hotel for one and a half hours but the other man in his 20s wasn’t present, so we now have a missing link,” Dr Chant said. “Anyone who was at the Belrose between 12-6pm on 11 December is asked to get a test irrespective of whether you have had symptoms. And generally if you have been to the Belrose Hotel and had ANY symptoms [during the month of December] please get a test.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said of the new cases overnight five people were already in isolation. But many of the cases tested positive late in the incubation period, day 10 or 11, she said. We need to keep the rate of testing high and people need to retest as they come to the end of their 14 day period, she said.

Ms Berejiklian was asked why people on the lower Northern Beaches (Manly and surrounds) in public places had been moved along. “Are people allowed to gather outside for recreation?” she was asked.  She replied, “We did say that until 30 December we would allow for the southern zone up to outdoor gatherings of up to ten people, and they have to be people from that area.”

More details on current rules are here: Northern Beaches to revert to stay at home order

9PM Boxing Day venue update 

New venues have been listed for potential exposure to COVID-19. Most are external to the Northern Beaches, with the exception of casual contacts for Belrose Hotel, Belrose Anytime Fitness and the Red Cross op shop in Avalon Beach. Full details here.

 


11AM Boxing Day – NORTHERN BEACHES TO REVERT TO STAY AT HOME ORDER

The Northern Beaches is to revert to the stay at home orders until 30 December, with one important exemption, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced.  From now until 30 December,  up to 10 people can have outdoor gatherings in the southern Northern Beaches. For people in the Northern part of the beaches, you may have a gathering of five people outside of the home only. We will provide exact wording shortly.

All other previous stay-at-home restrictions continue.  Press conference continues live.

NSW recorded nine locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with an additional six cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Eight of the locally acquired cases are linked to the Avalon cluster. Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, which now numbers 116. The source of the other locally acquired case remains under investigation.

Nearly 40,000 people came forward to get tested on Christmas Day. We had 9 local transmissions, 8 linked to the Avalon cluster and the 9th could be a false positive. Out of those 8, 6 were household contacts and two were linked to a venue, the Premier said.

7PM CHRISTMAS DAY

Belrose and surrounding residents are urged to be aware symptoms following a positive case in the area, with a number of exposure events  to COVID-19 at the local Anytime Fitness gym.

A male Belrose Hotel worker, who tested positive to the virus on December 23, is also unlinked to the Avalon cluster at this time, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

Updated venues here: Official NSW Health Advisories – rolling updates – Manly Observer

More on the Belrose case here

11:30AM CHRISTMAS DAY: NSW has recorded seven new local COVID-19 cases as people continue to come forward in record numbers for testing. There were 69,800 tests recorded the last 24 hours — the state’s highest number yet.

Six of the seven are people already in isolation. Four are linked to the northern beaches cluster and three are under investigation.

Avoid CBD BOXING SAY SALES


6PM: Christmas Eve – MANLY’S HOTEL STEYNE PATRONS TOLD TO ISOLATE IMMEDIATELY

Anyone who was at the Hotel Steyne in Manly on Thursday (17 December) between 3pm and 7pm must get tested and isolate immediately until a negative result is received, NSW Health has advised. 

The public health alert, to be made public momentarily, lists a number of exposed venues Sydney-wide as well as Service NSW in Warriewood. Additional times have been added to the Warringah Mall exposure advisory.

Please see our rolling advisory coverage: Official NSW Health Advisories – rolling updates or NSW Health’s official list.

11:47 AM Christmas Eve: MIXED MESSAGES CONTINUE ON OUTDOOR XMAS GATHERINGS

While NSW Health has provided public messaging that outdoor Christmas gatherings may go ahead across all of the Northern Beaches, an official directive has not yet been provided to Northern Beaches Council, and they will not confirm what locations can be accessed until it is received.   NSW Health has also warned that while it is allowed, “these areas may be closed.” See their FAQ 

11:02AM Christmas Eve:  Premier Press Conference

Overnight there were 9 cases of community , 7 linked to the Avalon cluster.  60,000 came forward for testing in the last 24 hours, the premier said, adding that she “nearly fell off her chair” when she found out how many people came forward. “I am beyond proud”.

Testing will still be available on Christmas Day and Boxing day – if symptoms develop get tested no matter what day it is, she said.

“Apart from the close family gatherings, PLEASE DON’T MOVE AROUND unless it’s absolutely necessary. Don’t do anything you don’t need to do.”

Investigations continue into the source of the Avalon cluster, which now numbers 104. The source of the other two locally acquired cases remains under investigation.

10:30AM Christmas Eve – Beaches woman fined for breach 

A Northern Beaches woman has been fined for breaching covid restrictions while travelling on the south coast. On Tuesday evening the woman allegedly collapsed at a pizza shop at Sanctuary Point and was treated at Shoalhaven Hospital.

Police commenced inquiries on Wednesday and were told the Bilgola woman appeared to be experiencing symptoms but had declined to be tested, and left the hospital. Following inquiries, police attended a home in Sanctuary Point and spoke with the 37-year-old woman and three other occupants. All parties were directed to self-isolate.

The woman has since been issued a $1000 penalty infringement notice for failing to comply with requirements of the COVID-19 public health order.

Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

11:00PM 23 December 2020: NEW AND UPDATED VENUES: Here.

7PM 23 December 2020: A small Q and A and a recap on Christmas restrictions is now available here. 

3:15PM. HYPERLOCAL SITUATION, MANLY AND SURROUNDS:

A word from Manly Observer: While Manly and surrounds is tracking well compared to its Northern neighbours, it’s important to note that the risk and presence of COVID-19 is still of serious concern. As a heat map from today shows, there are cases in Fairlight, though we understand these are now known and in isolation. We have sighted evidence today that a parent whose child attends campus 2 at Only About Children Childcare Centre in Fairlight has tested positive for COVID-19. Their child has returned a negative result, as have the team members who have had close or casual contact. It is expected this centre will be listed on the NSW Health centre as an exposure venue within the next 24-48 hours.

We are also aware of a case in Fairlight, which may be the same case, where a resident received a positive COVID-19 test result in a residential block that then underwent a deep clean.  There appears to be further cases of concern relating to this event and it has not appeared on any NSW Health venue notifications.

NSW Health data shows the prevalence of COVID-19 in Northern Beaches residents as of today.

There are also many updates of new venues and changes to times associated with Warringah Mall and Warriewood Square. Please see our rolling coverage for details.

3PM 23 December: New venues including changes to Warringah Mall and Warriewood Square advice

A significant number of new venues have been added to the NSW Health Covid-19 exposure list this afternoon. Most are additional days for upper Northern Beaches venues and relate to casual contact. Close contact venues (meaning mandatory two weeks isolation and immediate testing) includes The Sands at Narrabeen, Rusti Fig Newport, Coffee Brothers Mona Vale, Newport’s ChaRIce Noodle Bar, Pronto Creative Foods in Palm Beach, Motorserve Narrabeen Car Servicing and Lovat restaurant. There are many varied times and days so please check our rolling feed or the NSW Health website. (It has not loaded yet on NSW Health but should be there soon).

Royal prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport and Dan Murphy Mona Vale are new casual contact listings with immediate isolation.

There are now four separate exposure periods for Warriewood Square between 8 December and 17 December.

 

The Warringah Mall exposure time has been revised from Saturday 19 December 10am-1pm to 1.30pm-2.30pm.

 

 

All dates and times uploaded to our rolling htread with local cases highlighted in yellow. https://manlyobserver.com.au/official-nsw-health-statement-covid-19/

 

11AM 23 December 2020: Premier announcement on Christmas

Another 42,000 came forward for testing, we are deeply grateful.  Overnight we had 8 cases of community transmission, 7 directly linked to the Avalon cluster. Over the next few days there will be modest changes to the Christmas period.

  • “Northern Beaches changes – There are two distinct parts of the Beaches. Clearly the epicentre is part of the Northern part of the Northern Beaches. From north of the Narrabeen Bridge and east of Baha’i temple – you can not leave your area or accept anyone from out of area. You may have up to five people in your home but they must be from that region.” From 27 December 27 you cannot visit each other again.
  • For southern part of the Northern Beaches – Manly, Dee Why – on the 24, 25 and 26 – you can welcome people into your home (up to 10) plus children under 12 but YOU CANNOT LEAVE NORTHERN BEACHES.
  • Greater Sydney changes – no changes but on the 24, 25 and 26 December you can have 10 people in your home but you can have in addition to that children under 12 additional.

“If you are a vulnerable family member… you may choose not to have anybody into your home.”

All rules revert back to what they are currently on 27 December 2020, except for the southern part of the Northern Beaches ( South of Narrabeen Bridge), the “jury is still out” on what the restrictions will be.  It will depend on the stats. Information will be provided about this on Boxing Day.

 

9:50PM 22 December 2020 Updated venues

Shoppers at Warringah Mall on Saturday are advised they may have had casual contact with COVID-19 between 10am-1pm and should test immediately at the onset of symptoms. No specific shops have been provided for the Brookvale mall. The news was issued this evening along with a list of other beaches locations, including Scoop Wholefoods in both Mona Vale and in Mosman.
Exact dates and times provided at the top of our rolling statements thread. Official NSW Health Advisories – rolling updates

 

Update 4:25PM 22 December 2020 New venues have been released this afternoon, with the majority OUTSIDE of the Northern Beaches. Advice for Garfish Manly, 1/39 E Esplanade, Manly is now for close contact with a COVID-19 case on Thursday 17 December, 7.10pm-8.15pm. Full list of updated venues and dates here, includes North Shore train line contact advice for Wednesday.

11:01am 22 December 2020:   

There are now a total of 90 cases linked to the Avalon cluster, but only 8 new cases recorded overnight. 

“Amazingly 44,000 people came forward for testing [yesterday], a record we did not expect. I feel so proud and deeply grateful,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just said at a press conference.

“We only had 8 cases of community transmission overnight, 7 are linked to the Avalon cluster, 1 was someone who worked in transporting patients in quarantine (possibly overseas acquired).” A close contact of this health worker has since come back positive this morning. There also 10 cases from overseas who are in hotel quarantine.

“Even though the number of cases are relatively low the number of venues grows, and this increases our area of concern.

We are looking to make a decision tomorrow, making na announcement tomorrow on what the situation will be.”

Dr Kerry Chant shared a number of venues from outside the Northern Beaches that had been identified as exposed to COVID-19.

The state sewerage system has detected Covid-19 in the Hornsby Heights region. There are two residents from the area linked to the Avalon cluster.

MIDNIGHT 22 December 2020: Rowland Reserve Dog Park, Avalon Beach Woolies, Maccas Warriewood and Warriewood Square are among a swathe of new venues added to the Covid exposure list at midnight tonight. All the details are provided in our Warriewood Square – Kmart, Rebel Sport, Woolworths, Aldi, and Surf Dive N Ski, 12 Jackson Road, Warriewood: Tuesday, 8 December 12.30pm-2.15pm. Full details are now only included at the top of our rolling official statements page. 

7:02PM 21 December 2020: Several new exposure venues have been announced – chiefly in the Avalon and Mona Vale areas but also at Bunnings in Belrose for Thursday 17 December from 4pm-5pm. No new Manly venues or lower Beaches. Full details at the end of feed highlighted in yellow and also at the top of our rolling official statements page. 

3:02PM 21 December 2020: The Pittwater RSL and Sankaku Izakaya in Newport have moved off our unofficial list and are now offical NSW Health confirmed COVID-19 exposed sites for 16 December and 17 December respectively. Boatshed Cafe at Narrabeen has also been added. Amended times and casual contact advice added for Newport’s 4 Pines,  Fitness First Mona Vale and Manly’s Hotel Steyne. Full details at the end of feed highlighted in yellow and also at the top of our rolling official statements page. 

Please note Warriewood Square has also self-reported as an exposed site for Wednesday 11am-12.15pm. We will keep an eye on official alerts from NSW Health on this.

11:20AM 21 December 2020: Premier Gladys Berejiklian live now, “I’d love to tell everyone today what Christmas Day looks like in NSW and on the Northern Beaches but we are not yet in a position to do that.”

“Obviously we have halved the numbers overnight but in a pandemic, there is a level of volatility so we will be making a call on Wednesday morning…I’m extremely pleased we have had so many people come forward for tests. However, this is an ongoing and evolving situation. There could be developments in the next few hours.”

The Premier said the source in Australia still looks like the case who travelled to Australia on 1 December but that, “We still don’t know how it got from the person in quarantine to the community.”

Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer for NSW, said while none or few people who are currently unwell from this cluster have required hospitalisation, she said she “wanted to remind those who are not well often feel worse I the second week and this is when complications can occur.”

LOCKDOWN HAVING DESIRED EFFECT – PREMIER 11.01AM 21 DECEMBER 2020

“Pleasingly overnight we have seen a reduction in numbers… We have had 15 locally acquired cases. Our continued effort is required to continue the downward trend. Again can I thank everyone for respecting the restrictions and coming forward and getting tested.”

Dr Kerry Chant says there are 83 cases now linked to the community cluster.

“I want to acknowledge the community in Northern Beaches for coming out for testing in droves. I appreciate they have experienced some delays, we are working as hard as possible.

“We are yet to find the event that led to the seeding event that occurred on [the Northern Beaches]”.

Health Minister and Beaches resident Brad Hazzard said most of the community is doing the right thing and the Beaches villages look like “Ghost towns.”

Rolling updates continue

10:24PM 20 December 2020: G Fitness in Freshwater (part of Harbord Diggers) has finally been confirmed as a close contact venue, with exposure time of between 11am and 12.45pm on Tuesday 15 December. A number of other locations, including 4 Pines Newport, has revised times, and Anytime Fitness in Mona Vale (in addition to Avalon)has been added to the list. Full list highlighted at addendum and at the top of our rolling official statements page. We also have unofficial but self-reported exposure from Pittwater RSL on Wednesday 16 December from 8pm-10pm and restaurant Sankaku Izakaya Newport has a Covid positive patron from 2pm-3.30pm on 17 December. We reiterate that these are not yet on the Official NSW Health sites.

5:50PM 20 December 2020: A number of Manly venues have now been confirmed as close contact exposure sites for COVID-19.  Garfish Seafood restaurant in Manly on Thursday night (17 December) as well as Manly Skiff Club Saturday 12 December, 12pm – 2.30pm, Donny’s Bar, 7 Market Place, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3:15pm – 9pm and Old Manly Boat Shed, 40 The Corso, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 9pm – 12:30am.

11:55AM 20 December 2020: Asked why some venues are not being listed on the Health website when there is clear evidence they had been exposed to COVID-19 (such as those reported by Manly Observer) Dr Kerry Chant said that “in some cases there are delays.”

With regards to a known staff member who was COVID-19 positive at Narrabeen North Public School, Dr Chant said “Some sites we have absolutely contacted everyone, we’ve got everyone so we won’t publish.” The matter has been confirmed on the School’s website. Another unofficially known venue is Mona Vale Golf Club, which is still not listed on the NSW Health site. “Our aim is to be very timely; we will follow up with that,” she said.

11:24AM 20 December 2020: A further 30 cases have been recorded on the Northern Beaches since 8pm last night. Premier Gladys Berejikian says more than 28,000 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. So far the only seeding event is on the Northern Beaches.

“We haven’t mapped out the exact path on how it seeded on the Northern Beaches,” added Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant. Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned everyone that singing and dancing is “the most dangerous thing you can do.”
 
The Beaches resident also asked the community to stop “playing the blame game.” “Can I just remind the community on the Northern Beaches that at any time any of us would be vulnerable to this virus. There is absolutely no evidence that any person deliberately knowing they had the virus came into the Northern Beaches,” he said. “Don’t play the blame game. Just listen to the orders being issued. Effectively, stay at home.”
 
Dr Chant said it was most likely from a returned traveller on 1 December but we don’t know if it’s this person with certainty. “We know she wasinfectious on the plane,” she said. “We are looking at all the journeys of that individual. There is a very intensive investigation underway. We are trying to find the earliest possible case, which is why we are looking at the earlier visit to the Avalon gym.”

It’s called upstream testing, she said.

10:35AM 20 December 2020: We have been made aware of an Avalon woman who has tested positive to COVID-19 and had spent both last Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 in and around Manly venues.We have spoken with her relatives who advise the woman has provided all relevant information to NSW Health and hopefully we will have an official full list of dates and times shortly. We expect announcements about Manly cases in the next 24-48 hours.This means it is crucial that anyone in Manly leaving the home and going indoors wears a mask.

11:36PM Saturday 19 December: NSW Health has alerted us to a significant increase in exposure dates at the Anytime Fitness in Avalon. Anyone who went to this gym on ANY day on or after 8 December must get tested and isolate immediately for 14 days. Anyone who attended the gym between 23 November and 7 December must also get tested and isolate. The Sands at Narrabeen has also finally been listed as an exposed venue and there are more places in Avalon and across Sydney. Highlighted in yellow at addendum of our feed and in our official statements thread. Full details at the end of feed highlighted in yellow and also at the top of our rolling official statements page.

9:00PM 19 December 2020: We have now spoken directly to several people notified by NSW Health that the G-Fitness at Harbord Diggers (Freshwater) was visited by a Covid positive person. This was Tuesday from 10am-12pm. We have also sighted documentation to Watermark residents at Freshwater confirming the G-Fitness exposure date and time. It is not yet recorded in NSW Health figures but we expect it will by morning.

The official lockdown advisory is also now in place for all of the Northern Beaches.

For updates on issues with the Manly testing clinic please see our Instagram account.

6:00PM 19 December 2020: Cases of COVID-19 are moving south on the Beaches. While this venue has NOT been confirmed to us by NSW Health, GFitness in Freshwater has publicly confirmed it has been notified of a COVID-19 positive person attending their weights and sauna section on Tuesday, 15 December from 10am-12 noon. We are sharing in the interest of the timely provision of information.

Likewise, Johnson Bros Mitre 10 in Mona Vale has self-reported one of its staff members as Covid positive. They worked Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 all day. The store has now closed for deep cleaning.

5:00PM 19 December 2020: Visitors are no longer allowed into the Northern Beaches Hospital (excludes one support person for women giving birth).

4:52PM 19 December 2020: NSW Health has advised of further venues of concern in relation to cases of COVID-19, including Sunset Diner and Cafe Relish in Avalon Beach, Four Pines Newport and Fitness First in Mona Vale Full details at the end of feed highlighted in yellow and also at the top of our rolling official statements page.

12:45PM 19 December 2020: A number of peak hour journeys on the Northern Beaches B-line buses (B1-B2) from 14-16 December have now been added to the “close contact” to a COVID-19 case list, as well as casual contact for Nick Scali furniture in Belrose on 16 December.  Full details at the end of feed highlighted in yellow and also at the top of our rolling official statements page.

11:29AM 19 December 2020:  Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Northern Beaches residents are now subject to a public health order which means residents leaving their homes for non-essential reasons risk penalties. “The same rules apply than in March,” the Premier said. “The Northern Beaches community is doing this already but this gives greater certainty,” she said. From 5pm until midnight Wednesday we are not to leave or homes unless absolutely necessary.

“You should actually not be going anywhere… right from NOW. If you have got lunches with friends today or were going to gym? Cancel it,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

11:17AM 19 December 2020:  A further 13 cases have been identified this morning as part of the Northern Beaches cluster. We are seeking clarification on the exact total on the Beaches this morning, but understand that this brings the total to 49 coronavirus cases identified on the northern beaches since Wednesday.This includes still three cases not specifically linked to the Avalon RSL and Bowlo, one of whom is linked to Avalon Anytime Fitness.

11:08AM 19 December 2020:  Health Minister Brad Hazzard says, “We ask the Northern Beaches residents to only leave the home for essential reasons.” The sewerage surveillance shows us this is a relatively new strain on the Northern Beaches as it wasn’t present in our sewerage on the 10 December.

11:03AM 19 December 2020: From 5pm today until midnight on Wednesday all residents of the Northern Beaches are asked to stay at home, essentially the same restrictions we had in March. “It’s okay to go out and exercise, to do work, to do some shopping or visit an isolated relative,” says the Premier Glady Berejiklian. “We are hoping this will give us sufficient time to get on top of the virus,” she said. This is for the Northern Beaches area only.

10:59AM 19 December 2020: NSW Health is calling on several hundred people who attended an Avalon gym to take urgent action, get tested and isolate immediately until further advice is provided by NSW Health.

5:15PM 18 December 2020: We have just added a run down of new locations, as well as local transport used by known cases of COVID-19, it’s at the end of this thread highlighted in yellow.

4:25PM 18 December 2020: NSW Health has just issued a “strong advisory” for all people in the Northern Beaches LGA to wear a mask at all times when in indoor areas (excluding their home).  This advisory is effective immediately, and in place for 72 hours. NSW Health issued a statement that “Failure to adhere to the advice puts the wider community at risk and may result in a mandatory order.”

4:00PM 18 December 2020: Northern Beaches Council and Surf Life Saving NSW have lowered the red and yellow flags at the 21 beaches from North Palm Beach through to Manly today and are maintaining a surveillance capability only in case of emergencies until Monday.

2:15pm 18 December 2020: The Northern Beaches has been official declared a National hot spot by the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Minister Hunt said the declaration makes the Northern Beaches immediately eligible for Commonwealth support including release of medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the national stockpile.

The Northern Beaches Advocate has transcribed the full press briefing.12:15pm 18 December 2020: An official statement has been released from NSW Health, more detailed notes to our below press conference summary.

11:24AM 18 December 2020: There are now 28 Northern Beaches cases of COVID-19.  It is understood that the “seeding” event of the virus originated at Avalon RSL on 11 December. One case was at the RSL and later flew to Queensland and drove back to NSW.

Chief Health Officer NSW, Dr Kerry Chant, said they think the Northern Beaches cluster has come MOST likely come from a US strain, likely a returned traveller from America, but the person has not yet been identified.  The Premier said the problem is from a “lack of compliance” rather than the “systems in place.”

From Tuesday all airline crew on flights into NSW will need to go to one of two hotels near the airport rather than “any hotel”, the Premier has just announced.

Asked if she will consider enforceable shut down for the Northern Beaches, the the Premier said “We hope it doesn’t come to that. If we find we aren’t getting on top of the virus, we will go down the mandatory path.”

We will update all known exposed venues at addendum to our rolling feed.

11:02AM 18 December 2020  We now have 28 cases of COVID.  Premier says please anyone on the beaches must not leave home and if you do, wear a mask.

11:00AM 18 December 2020: We are going live on our Facebook with the press conference now

10:30AM 18 December 2020: Long queues at old Manly Hospital site, police now managing traffic. Residents report waiting in their cars up to two hours at this stage.Find a clinic for getting COVID-19 tested here.

PLEASE NOTE CASES FROM 22 DECEMBER ON HAVE MOVED TO TOP OF  rolling official statements page. 

3:21PM 21 December 2020: PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT – NEW VENUES

Anyone who was at the following venues on the dates and at the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • The Boatshed Café & Bar, Lower Level, 11 Narrabeen Street, Narrabeen: Monday 14 December, 2pm – 3pm
  • Pittwater RSL, 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale: Wednesday 16 December, 8pm – 10pm
  • Sankaku Izakaya, 376 Barrenjoey Road, Newport: Thursday 17 December, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Anyone who was at the Rose of Australia, 1 Swanson St, Erskineville, on Tuesday 15 December after 7pm until closing is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Anyone who was at 4 Pines, 313 Barrenjoey Road, Newport, on Wednesday 16 December between 4:30pm and 9pm is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

Anyone who was at the Hotel Steyne, 75 The Corso, Manly, on Thursday 17 December between 3pm and 7pm is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Exposure times for the below gym, announced in the Public Health Alert on Saturday, have now been expanded. Please note amendments in bold:

  • Fitness First Mona Vale, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre, 10 Park Street, Mona Vale: Sunday 13 December, 2pm- 4pm; Monday 14 December, all day; and Wednesday 16 December, all day.

10:21PM 20 December 2020: PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT – NEW VENUES

Anyone who was at the following venues on the dates and at the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Anytime Fitness, 7 Taronga Place, Mona Vale, on Thursday 17 December between 9.50am and 12.45pm;
  • G Fitness, 72/80 Evans Street, Freshwater, on Tuesday 15 December between 11am and 12.45pm;
  • 4 Pines, 313 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport, on Wednesday 16 December between 4.30pm-9pm;
  • Twenty-One Espresso, 21 Knox Street, Double Bay: Any staff working on Tuesday 15 December, and patrons seated in the indoor section on that day for more than 1 hour between 7.10pm and 8.15pm and 8.25pm and 9.10pm.

Anyone who attended the following venues on the dates and times below is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, Jacksons Rd, Warriewood, on Tuesday 15 December between 6.30pm and 9.30pm;
  • Twenty-One Espresso, 21 Knox Street, Double Bay: Any patrons who were in the restaurant for less than 1 hour, or those who sat in the outdoor area on Tuesday 15 December between 7.10pm and 8.15pm and 8.25pm and 9.10pm on Tuesday 15 December;
  • Flower Power, 22 Macpherson St, Warriewood, on Friday 18 December between 8.45am and 9.30am;
  • Bowen Island Bakery, 383 Barrenjoey Road, Newport, on Friday 18 December between 9am and 9.30am.

Times have been revised for the following restaurant, which was announced in a previous Public Health Alert. Anyone who was at the following venue at the following time is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Garfish Manly, 1/39 E Esplanade, Manly, on Thursday 17 December between 6.45pm-10pm.

Advice published in a Public Health Alert issued on Saturday 19 December regarding 4 Pines, Newport, has also been updated. Anyone who attended this venue on Tuesday 15 December from 6pm to 10pm should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days.

Confirmed cases travelled on the following transport service. Other passengers are considered to be casual contacts, and should get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Bus Route 199 on Saturday 12 December, departing Palm Beach 10.10am and arriving at Manly Beach at 11.30am.

Anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

5:50PM NEW VENUES ADDED – MANLY NOW INCLUDED

Anyone who was at the following venues on the dates and at the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  1. Manly Skiff Club, Corner of East Esplanade and Stuart Street, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 12pm – 2.30pm
  2. Donny’s Bar, 7 Market Place, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3:15pm – 9pm
  3. Old Manly Boat Shed, 40 The Corso, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 9pm – 12:30am
  4. Rusti Fig, 3/363 Barrenjoey Road, Newport: Saturday 12 December, 9am – 10:30am
  5. Café Junior, Woolworths Neutral Bay Village, 1-7 Rangers Road, Neutral Bay: Sunday 13 December, 12:45pm – 2.30pm
  6. BoThai, 16 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest: Sunday 13 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  7. Pearly Nails, 2/6 Waratah Street, Mona Vale: Monday 14 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  8. Salon X, 86 William Street, Paddington: Wednesday 16 December, 9am – 6pm and Thursday 17 December, 9am – 8pm
  9. Mona Vale Golf Club (bar and function room), 3 Golf Avenue, Mona Vale: Wednesday 16 December, 5pm – 10pm
  10. Garfish Seafood Restaurant, 39 East Esplanade, Manly: Thursday 17 December, 6:45pm – 10.00PM (revised time)

Anyone who attended the following venues on the dates and times below is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  1. Woolworths, Riverwood Plaza, 247 Belmore Road, Riverwood: Wednesday 9 December, 3pm – 3:35pm
  2. Nourished Wholefood Café, 17 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach: Saturday 12 December, 7.15am-7.30am
  3. Manly Wharf Bar, East Esplanade, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 2:45pm – 3:15pm
  4. The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3pm – 3:30pm
  5. Cronulla Mall, 6 Cronulla Street Cronulla: Tuesday 15 December, 8pm – 9pm and Wednesday 16 December, 3pm – 6pm
  6. Navy Bear Café, RAN Sailing Association, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point: Sunday 13 December, 10.30am – 4.45pm
  7. Restaurant Lovat, G04/316-324 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport: Saturday 12 December 2:15pm – 2:25pm and 4pm – 4:15pm
  8. Mona Vale Golf Club, 3 Golf Avenue, Mona Vale: Wednesday 16 December, 11am – 5pm

Times have been revised for the following hair salons, which were announced in previous Public Health Alerts. Anyone who was at the following venues at the following times is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  1. Salon for Hair, 3/1335 Pacific Highway, Turramurra: Any time from Tuesday 15 December to Friday 18 December inclusive
  2. Hair by Erika, 17/43 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove: Friday 11 December, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Advice published in a Public Health Alert regarding Warringah Mall has also been updated. Unless advised by NSW Health that they are close contacts, people who attended Warringah Mall on Wednesday 16 December between 11.40am and 1.30pm are considered casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms, and test and self-isolate if symptoms occur.

Confirmed cases travelled on the following transport services. Other passengers are considered to be casual contacts, and should get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  1. Bus Route 199, Saturday 12 December, departing Newport Hotel, Kalinya Street, 7am arriving Avalon Beach, 7.15am
  2. Bus Route 199, Saturday 12 December, departing Avalon Beach 12.20am, arriving Newport Hotel, Kalinya Street, 12.45am

11:40PM NEW VENUES ADDED

NSW Health has revised the advice for several hundred people who attended an Avalon gym in light of further COVID-19 cases.

Known cases of COVID-19 attended Anytime Fitness on Avalon Parade in Avalon over several days while infectious. Anyone who attended the gym on any day on or after Tuesday 8 December is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days after they were last at the gym.

Additionally, anyone who attended the gym between Monday 23 November and Monday 7 December is advised to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Anytime Fitness Avalon is closed until further notice and is undergoing cleaning.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have also visited a number of locations around Sydney.

NSW Health is advising all customers who dined-in at Oceana Traders – Seafood Merchants, 31 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach on the following dates is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days after they were last at the venue:

  • Monday 14 December
  • Tuesday 15 December
  • Wednesday 16 December
  • Thursday 17 December

Additionally, all customers who purchased take away from Oceana Traders are casual contacts and should get tested and isolate until they have a negative result.

Anyone who was at the following venue for one hour or more during the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate until 30 December.  Other people who attended the venue for less than an hour during the times below should monitor for symptoms, and get tested immediately if they appear:

  • Nomad Restaurant, 16 Foster St, Surry Hills: Wednesday 16 December, 12:45pm – 2pm
  • Café Toscano (outdoor verandah area), 1 Wallis St, Forster: Wednesday 16 December, 6pm-7:45pm
  • Strawberry Hills Hotel, 453 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills: Wednesday 16 December, 3:30pm-6pm

Anyone who attended the following locations is considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:

  • Avalon RSL, 1 Bowling Green Ln, Avalon Beach: Monday 14 December, 6pm-8pm
  • The Sands, 1260 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen: Tuesday 15 December, 6pm-8pm Salon for Hair, 3/1335 Pacific Hwy, Turramurra: Thursday 17 December and Friday 18 December, 9:30am – 3:30 pm
  • Rose of Australia, 1 Swanson St, Erskineville: Tuesday 15 December, 7pm – 8.45pm
  • Sydney Trapeze School, St Peters: Tuesday 15 December, 10am – 12pm (only staff and patrons who attended the class for beginners)

Anyone who attended the following venues at the below times is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Mitre 10 Mona Vale, 73 Bassett St, Mona Vale: Tuesday 15 December, 8:30am – 5:30pm and Wednesday 16 December, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • 2108 Espresso, 3/24 Ocean Rd, Palm Beach: Monday 14 December, 8am – 9am
  • McDonald’s Raymond Terrace, William Bailey St, Raymond Terrace: Tuesday 15 December, 11.45am -12.15pm
  • Warringah Mall: Wednesday 16 December, 10.40am – 1.40pm
  • High Tek Aquarium, 732 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale: Wednesday 16 December, 1.55pm – 2.55pm
  • Beach Bums Café, Corner Beach Street and North Street, Forster: Wednesday 16 December, 8am – 9am and Thursday 17 December, 8am–9am
  • Rose of Australia, 1 Swanson St, Erskineville: Tuesday 15 December after 8.45pm
  • Sydney Trapeze School, St Peters: Tuesday 15 December, any class after 10am
  • Cuckoo Callay on Crown, 413-415 Crown St, Surry Hills: Tuesday 15 December, 11am – 12pm
  • Harris Farm Warehouse, Flemington Markets, Homebush: Tuesday 15 December, 2am- 11am, Wednesday 16 December, 2am – 11am, Thursday 17 December, 2am- 1pm

A confirmed case also travelled between the following train stations during the times below. Other passengers are considered casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms:

  • T1 North Shore Line, Monday 14 December, departing Artarmon 8:27am, arriving Wynyard 8:49am
  • T1 North Shore Line, Monday 14 December, departing Wynyard 6:42pm, arriving Artarmon 7:01pm
  • T1 North Shore Line, Tuesday 15 December, departing Artarmon 9:17am, arriving Wynyard 9:38am
  • T3 Bankstown Line, Tuesday 15 December, departing St James 6:34pm arriving  Erskineville 6:48pm
  • T3 Bankstown Line, Wednesday 16 December, departing Erskineville 7:03am, arriving Central 7:12am

The details for the below venue announced in the Public Health Alert earlier this afternoon have been revised. Please note amendments in bold:

  • Fitness First Mona Vale, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre, 10 Park Street Mona Vale: Sunday 13 December, 2pm- 4pm and Monday 14 December, 10.30am – 12.30pm and Wednesday 16 December, 8.30am – 10am

Anyone in the state with even the mildest symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

To increase testing options for the Northern Beaches community, new pop-up clinics have been opened this week. There are more than 300 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.

8:30PM 19 December 2020: : WORDING OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

4:52PM 19 December 2020: NEW NORTHERN BEACHES VENUES LISTED

NSW Health has been advised of further venues of concern in relation to cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Beaches area.

Anyone who has attended the following venue is considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result:

  • Sunset Diner, 41 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach: Friday 11 December, 6.30pm – 8pm

Anyone who attended the following venue at the below times is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Café Relish, 8/1 N Avalon Rd, Avalon Beach: Thursday 17 December, 10.30am – 11.30am

People who visited the following venues at the below times should get tested immediately and self-isolate until NSW Health provides further information:

  • Fitness First Mona Vale, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre, 10 Park Street Mona Vale: Sunday 13 December, 2pm- 4pm and Monday 14 December, 10.30am – 12.30am and Wednesday 16 December, 8.30pm – 10pm
  • 4 Pines, Newport, 313 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport: Tuesday 15 December, 6pm – 10pm

Anyone in the state with even the mildest symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until a negative result is received.

12:30PM 19 December 2020: NEW TRANSPORT EXPOSURE LISTED; B-LINE FROM WARRIEWOOD

Further venues of concern have been identified in relation to the Northern Beaches cluster.. Anyone who travelled on the following bus routes is considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:

  • Route B1-1, 14 December, Departing Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd 6.55am, arriving Wynyard Station, York Street Stand M, 7.50am
  • Route B1-2, 14 December, Departing Wynyard Station Stand B 5.45pm, arriving Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd, 6.40pm
  • Route B1-1, 15 December, Departing Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd 6.35am, arriving Wynyard Station Stand M, 7.35am
  • Route B1-2, 15 December, Departing Wynyard Station Stand B 5.25pm, arriving Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd, 6.20pm
  • Route B1-1, 16 December 2020, Departing Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd, arriving Wynyard Station Stand M, 7.35am
  • Route B1-2, 16 December 2020, Departing Wynyard Station Stand B 4.45pm, arriving Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Rd, 5.30pm

Anyone who attended the following venue at the below times, is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Nick Scali at SuperCentre, 4/6 Niangala Cl, Belrose, 16 December, 10am -5.30pm

NEW VENUE LISTED 10:58AM 19 DECEMBER 2020

NSW Health is calling on several hundred people who attended an Avalon gym to take urgent action, get tested and isolate immediately until further advice is provided by NSW Health.

A known case of COVID-19 attended Anytime Fitness on Avalon Parade in Avalon over several days while infectious. A number of people who attended this gym will be identified as close contacts and will be required to isolate for 14 days.

These days were:

• Saturday 12 December

• Friday 11 December

• Tuesday 8 December

• Monday 7 December

• Sunday 6 December

Anytime Fitness Avalon is closed until further notice and is undergoing cleaning.

Contact tracing and investigations are underway. The large time exposure range of this case means there are potential contacts numbering in the hundreds. NSW Health is working with the gym management to identify those people who attended the gym at the same time as the confirmed case.

Close contacts of this case are being contacted however NSW Health’s advice is that anyone who was at the gym at any time on these days must immediately get tested.

NSW Health last night issued a strong advisory for all people in the Northern Beaches local government area to wear a mask at all times when in indoor areas, and to stay at home. This advisory is in place this weekend or until further notice.

Everyone living in the northern beaches area should monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and come forward for testing immediately if they appear, then isolate until a negative result is received.

UPDATED LIST OF VENUES 5:15PM 18 DECEMBER 2020

Anyone who attended the following locations is considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:

  • Hair by Erika, Village Shopping Centre Lane Cove, 11 December, 3.30-5pm
  • Rusti Fig Café Newport, 12 December, 9-10am
  • Salon of Hair Turramurra, 15 December, 10am-3pm, and 16 December, 9.30am-3.30pm (THESE TIMES HAVE CHANGED, CHECK NSW HEALTH WEBSITE)

People who have visited the following locations are casual contacts, and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Coles Newport, 11 December, 5-7pm, and 12 December, 3.15-3.30pm
  • Hills Florist, Terrey Hills, 12 December, 8-8.45am – close contacts have been contacted directly by NSW Health
  • Restaurant Lovat, Newport, 12 December, 2.15-2.25pm and 4.10-4.15pm
  • Nourished Wholefood Café, Avalon, 12 December, 7.30-7.40am
  • RAN Sailing Association Darling Point, Navy Bear Café and Christmas party, 13 December, 10am‑4pm
  • Sabiang Thai Restaurant, 4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, 13 December, 6-8pm
  • Seven West Media Building, 8 Central Ave, Eveleigh, 14 December, 8-11.30am
  • Mentmore and Morley Café and public toilets, 55 Mentmore Ave, Roseberry, 14 December 10am-3pm
  • Harris Farm, Mona Vale Plaza, 14 December, 11-11.10am
  • Paris Seafood Café, 136 Cronulla, 15 December, 8.30-9pm
  • Cronulla Mall, 15 December, 8-9pm and 16 December 11am-12pm
  • Blend @ Grantham Café, Riverstone, 16 December 11-11.45am
  • Westfield Bondi Junction, 15 December, 1-2.30pm
  • Forest Way Fruit Market, 2 Myoora St, Terrey Hills, 16 December, 4-4.10pm

Transport

Confirmed cases travelled on the following transport services. Other passengers are considered to be casual contacts, and should get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

  • Ferry from Palm Beach to Wagstaffe, 16 December, 6.15pm-6.35pm
  • Forest Coach Lines buses between Forestville and the CBD
    • Route 273, 15 December, Departing Jamieson Square, Forestville, 7.10am and arriving QVB, 8am
    • Route 271, 15 December, Departing QVB 5.25pm and arriving Austlink Business Park Belrose 6.28pm
    • Route 273, 16 December, Departing Jamieson Square, Forestville 7.10am and arriving QVB, CBD, 8am
    • Route 271, 16 December, Departing QVB 5.25pm and arriving Austlink Business Park Belrose, 6.28pm

This is in ADDITION to previous locations, listed below.

People who have visited the following newly identified locations should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  • Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club — 9.00am-9.30am Sunday 13, Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December
  • Woolworths Mona Vale, 25-29 Park Street, Mona Vale — 12.00pm-12.30pm Sunday, 13 December
  • Aldi Mona Vale, 13 Bungan Street, Mona Vale — 12.45pm-1.30pm Sunday, 13 December
  • Palm Beach Rockpool, Rock Bath Road, Palm Beach — 9:30am-10:30am Monday, 14 December
  • Woolworths Avalon, 74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 5.00pm-5.30pm Monday, 14 December
  • Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 5.20pm-5.25pm Monday, 14 December
  • Commonwealth Bank, 47 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach — 12.00pm-12.15pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Mitre 10, 49 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach — 11.45pm-12.30pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Roof Racks World, 13/87 Reserve Road, Artarmon — 2.00pm-2:30pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • HongFa Chinese BBQ Restaurant,  2/21 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why — 4.30pm-4.45pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Dee Why Fruit Market, 33 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why — 4.45pm-4.55pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • North Avalon Cellars, 4/3 North Avalon Road, Avalon Beach — 6.00pm-6.05pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Narrabeen Sands Hotel, 1260 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen — 6.00pm-7.30pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Careel Bay Dog Park and Hitchcock Park, Barrenjoey Road, Avalon — 7.00am-7:30am Wednesday, 16 December
  • Palm Beach Pool, Rock Bath Road, Palm Beach — 8.00am-9.00am Wednesday, 16 December
  • Brot and Wurst, 1442 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen — 2.00pm-2:05pm Wednesday, 16 December
  • Avalon Beach Post Office, 45 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach — 3.30pm-3.50pm Wednesday, 16 December

Locations that were advised previous to those included:

  • Avalon Beach RSL Club, 1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach — All day Friday, 11 December
  • Palm Beach female change rooms — 9.00am-9.15am Sunday, 13 December
  • Coast Palm Beach Café, Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach — 10.00am-11.00am Sunday, 13 December
  • Hungry Ghost Café, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon — 9.30am-11.00am Sunday, 13 December and 9.30am-11.00am Tuesday, 15 December
  • Avalon Bowling Club, 4 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach — 5.00pm-7.00pm Sunday, 13 December (not 3.00pm-5.00pm as previously reported) and 3.00pm-5.00pm Tuesday, 15 December
  • Woolworths Avalon Beach, 74 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 12.00pm-5.00pm Sunday, 13 December. and 12.00pm-12.30pm Tuesday, 15 December.
  • Oliver’s Pies, Careel Shopping Village, 1 Careel Head Road, Avalon Beach — 9.00am-9.15am Monday, 14 December
  • Sneaky Grind Café, 3/48 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 9.30am-11.00am Monday, 14 December
  • Barramee Thai Massage and Spa, 4/42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 2.00pm-3.30pm Monday, 14 December
  • Bing Lee, Gateway, 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale — 4.30pm-4.45pm Monday, 14 December
  • Bangkok Sidewalk Restaurant, 1/21-23 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach — 7.00pm-8.00pm Monday, 14 December
  • Check the latest NSW Health advice here.Find a clinic for getting COVID-19 tested here.

List of closed services from Northern Beaches Council from tomorrow, 18 December to Sunday 20 December in the Northern Beaches local government area include:

  • Skate parks and playgrounds
  • Community sporting activities in parks and reserves
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Manly and Warringah aquatic centres
  • All community centres
  • Glen Street, Dee Why and Forestville library branches and community libraries
  • Glen Street Theatre
  • Manly Art Gallery and Museum
  • Creative Space in North Curl Curl
  • Manly Visitor Information Centre
  • Kimbriki Buy Back Centre and the Eco House & Garden
  • Environmental centres and programs
  • The Aboriginal Heritage Office in Freshwater
  • Council managed golf and tennis courts

“The temporary closures we are announcing for the next three days are in the interest of everyone’s health and safety and really important while the contact tracers continue to do their work and NSW Health get more of a sense on where we stand.

“It is as important as ever that our community follow the health advice – stay home, stay within family groups, wash hands and if any symptoms appear please get tested.

“The community should be assured we will maintain all essential services like waste collection, childcare, Meals on Wheels, road maintenance as well as customer service online and on the phone.”

“These are very challenging times. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we manage these difficult circumstances in the interests of the health of our community,” Mayor Michael Regan said.

For regular updates visit www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Check the latest NSW Health advice here.

Find a clinic for getting COVID-19 tested here.

 

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