Hundred of Sydneysiders have been warned to be on alert for coronavirus symptoms after positive cases visited a raft of venues across the city.
A NSW Health alert on Monday revealed infected coronavirus patients travelled beyond the Northern Beaches and into the inner-city and eastern suburbs.
The list of new venues includes the David Jones city store, Coles supermarket in Edgecliff, Bondi beach Woolworths, and Uniqlo in Pitt Street mall.
Eleven train and bus routes around Bondi and on the north shore line have also been placed on alert.
Anyone who visited Bondi Beach Woolworths Metro on Sunday between 5pm-6pm, or Edgecliff Coles between 7pm- 7.30pm on Sunday is considered a casual contact and should monitor for symptoms.
If they are appear, people are advised to immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
NSW Health has issued a new list of venues recently visited by positive COVID-19 cases
The same advice applies to anyone who visited Kinokuniya on George St on Sunday, December 20, between 3pm-3.45pm, David Jones on Castlereagh Street between 2.10pm-2.45pm, or Uniqlo MidCity Centre, in Pitt Street Mall, between 4pm-4.15pm.
Passengers who travelled on four bus routes across the city throughout the week are also now considered casual contacts.
The list of trips includes Route 333 on Monday between 7.30pm-7.45pm, from Bondi Junction Station to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand C and Route 333 Tuesday between 9.45am-10am from Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand A to Bondi Junction Station.
Route 333 trips on Wednesday on December 21 that were impacted include one from Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand A to Taylor Square, Oxford St, Stand A between 9am-10am and another from Taylor Square, Oxford St, Stand D to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand C between 10.40am-11.30am.
T1 North Shore Line trains listed include North Sydney to Wynyard on Wednesday, 16 December between 1pm-1.09pm and two more the same day between 8.16am-9.05am from Waitara to Wynyard and from Wynyard to Waitara between 4.52pm-5.31pm.
On Thursday December 17, positive cases travelled on the T1 North Shore Line from Waitara to Wynyard between 8.17am-9.01am and from Wynyard to Waitara between 6.40pm-7.22pm.
An alert has also been issued for a train from Redfern via Town Hall to Bondi Junction on Monday, 21 December between 7pm-7.30pm and one from Bondi Junction via Town Hall to Redfern on Tuesday, 22 December between 10.05am-10.35am
It comes as NSW recorded another five local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, at least four of which are connected to the Avalon cluster.
Venues where coronavirus has been detected continue to pop up all over Greater Sydney
An additional nine cases were uncovered in hotel quarantine.
NSW Health on Monday also announced the state’s 56th COVID-related death – a man in his 70s who contracted the virus in March but recently tested negative.
He died earlier this week from respiratory complications.
It’s the first COVID-related death in NSW since September 19.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday told reporters the stay-at-home orders applying to northern beaches residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge will continue until at least January 9.
The lockdown for the peninsula’s southern zone will be in place until at least January 2.
However a brief reprieve for small indoor gatherings on the northern beaches on NYE and New Year’s Day has been permitted.
Ms Berejiklian thanked residents for their patience but said health authorities did not yet know enough about the origins of the cluster.
‘Whilst we’re seeing the trends go the way we hope they do, there are still too many concerning aspects … of not really being able to identify what we call the intermediaries, those unlinked cases,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
NSW recorded another five local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, at least four of which are connected to the Avalon cluster
Restrictions for greater Sydney and regional NSW will remain largely unchanged around NYE but outdoor gatherings in greater Sydney have been tightened to a maximum of 50 people, down from 100.
While four of Monday’s five reported cases were linked to the Avalon cluster, the fifth is linked to a previously-reported case on the northern beaches whose source of infection remains under investigation.
Three cases connected to the Belrose Hotel continue to mystify authorities.
A 20-year-old hotel worker, a firefighter patron and a drive-through bottle shop customer all had the virus in December but there is no established link between the pub and the Avalon cluster at this point.
The changes to congregating outdoors for greater Sydney come after several large Christmas gatherings were reported, including a large North Bondi house party and unauthorised parties at Bronte and Centennial Park.
A Newtown restaurant was fined $5000 after police attended on December 23 and learned the owner did not have a COVID-safe plan.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard condemned the rule-breakers on Monday and warned revellers to adhere to rules in the lead-up to NYE.
NSW on Monday also cancelled its plan to host frontline COVID-19 workers on the Sydney foreshore for the shortened NYE fireworks on Thursday night.
‘It’s too much of a health risk having people from the regions and from Sydney … congregate all in the CBD,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
Ms Berejiklian promised the government would find another opportunity during 2021 to recognise the actions of frontline workers during the pandemic.
She said there should be no NYE crowds on Sydney’s foreshore whatsoever but booked restaurant or hospitality plans in the CBD could go ahead.
Hospitality venues will require a permit to operate on NYE.
A special pass will also be required for people to enter designated zones around Circular Quay, North Sydney and the CBD.
NEW VENUES WITH COVID-19 ALERTS
Bondi Beach Woolworths Metro 184 Campbell Pde, Sunday, 20 December 5pm-6pm
Edgecliff Coles New South Head Rd and Ocean Ave, Sunday, 20 December, 7pm-7.30pm
Kinokuniya Sydney 500 George St, Sunday, 20 December 3pm-3.45pm
David Jones 86-108 Castlereagh St, Sydney, Sunday, 20 December, 2.10pm-2.45pm
Uniqlo MidCity Centre, Level 1, 197 Pitt Street Mall Sunday, 20 December, 4pm-4.15pm
Anyone who took any of the following transport routes is considered a casual contact who should monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:
Route 333 Monday, 21 December, 7.30pm-7.45pm, from Bondi Junction Station to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand C
Route 333 Tuesday, 22 December 9.45am-10am from Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand A to Bondi Junction Station
Route 333 Wednesday, 23 December, 9am-10am from Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand A to Taylor Square, Oxford St, Stand A
Route 333 Wednesday, 23 December, 10.40am-11.30am from Taylor Square, Oxford St, Stand D to Bondi Beach, Campbell Pde, Stand C
T1 North Shore Line Wednesday, 16 December, 1pm-1.09pm from North Sydney to Wynyard
T1 North Shore Line Wednesday, 16 December, 8.16am-9.05am from Waitara to Wynyard
T1 North Shore Line Wednesday, 16 December, 4.52pm-5.31pm from Wynyard to Waitara
T1 North Shore Line Thursday, 17 December, 8.17am-9.01am from Waitara to Wynyard
T1 North Shore Line Thursday, 17 December, 6.40pm-7.22pm from Wynyard to Waitara
Train on Monday, 21 December 7pm-7.30pm from Redfern via Town Hall to Bondi Junction
Train on Tuesday, 22 December, 10.05am-10.35am from Bondi Junction via Town Hall to Redfern