New South Wales has narrowly avoided catastrophe four times in the last month due to Covid breaches in the hotel quarantine system for returned travellers.
All current outbreaks in the state, which threaten to derail Australia’s envy-inducing handling of the pandemic, are linked to various bungles in the important isolation system.
Thousands of people from western Sydney have been placed on alert or ordered into self isolation after the virus escaped quarantine through an infected hotel bus driver.
As mutant strains of the deadly respiratory virus ripple throughout communities around the globe, local health authorities are now concerned about it being imported to Australia only to leak into the community.
If the mutant strain were to escape quarantine, Australians would likely be forced into lockdown to stop the spread – like the one Melburnians endured for three months.
The most recent cluster and one which is particularly concerning for authorities is in Berala and has already been linked to 15 Covid cases.
New South Wales has narrowly avoided catastrophe four times in the last month due to Covid breaches in the hotel quarantine system for returned travellers (pictured, returning travellers at Sydney airport)
Thousands of customers at the local Woolworths were on Monday notified that they would need to self isolate after a staff member worked 11 busy shifts over the Christmas period while infectious.
The nearby BWS store is the centre of the outbreak after two infected workers came into contact with at least 2,000 customers over the same holiday period.
Contact tracers have since linked the cluster to a quarantine driver who contracted the virus while transporting a family from an international flight to a hotel.
They believe he gave the virus to a colleague who then visited the alcohol store and passed it on to a staff member.
A COVID-19 safety officer is seen at the entrance of Woolworths Berala displaying mandatory mask usage on January 3 after an infected worker worked 11 days over Christmas period
Anybody who visited the Berala BWS (pictured) between December 22 and December 31 must self isolate for 14 days and seek a Covid test, even if they only briefly visited
Sydney’s last significant cluster in Avalon in the Northern Beaches is also believed to be linked to a separate leak from hotel quarantine.
Contact tracers said the Avalon cluster strain appeared to be similar to a virus variant detected in a quarantined American traveller who tested positive last month.
However, just how the virus spread to Avalon – sparking 148 cases, many contracted at local pubs – remains unknown.
‘We may never find a link back,’ NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
A cleaner at Darling Harbour’s Novotel quarantine hotel tested positive to the virus on December 2. She has not been linked to any further cases.
Another driver, a Sydney Ground Transport employee who ferried around air crew from the airport to their hotel, tested positive on December 16, taking the number of breaches in the last month to four.
No further cases have been linked to either of the latter two escapes mentioned.
Shoppers leaving Woolworths Berala are seen wearing masks on January 3. The venue is now at the centre of a potential Covid outbreak – with thousands told to isolate
The quarantine system was brought into place on March 20 when Australia shut its borders, with only Australian citizens, permanent residents or those with special exemptions allowed in.
It hoped the stop coronavirus flooding into the country, like was seen across the world in nations without similar measures.
Professor Raina MacIntyre, a renowned biosecurity expert from UNSW’s Kirby Institute, said it was miraculous the breaches in NSW hadn’t had more dire consequences.
In Victoria, a leak within the hotel quarantine system sparked the entire second wave of Covid – leading to 820 deaths and at least 20,395 cases.
‘At the peak of the epidemic in Victoria around July, the number of cases was so great they couldn’t keep up with the contact tracing and there were delays,’ she recalled.
New South Wales Health ramped up its investigation of a Covid cluster in Berala in Sydney’s west linked to a BWS store – with cases now popping up across Greater Sydney
From Monday, Sydneysiders can be fined $200 for refusing to wear protective face masks in public (pictured, shoppers in Westfield Bondi Junction on Sunday)
‘So for every case, there might’ve been 10 to 20 contacts, and so on a day when they were having 500 cases a day, there might’ve been 5,000 or 10,000 contacts to trace.
‘You can imagine if you don’t get through all of those within 24 hours, you’re going to have a bigger and bigger backlog each day … in hotel quarantine, it’s different because you have a fixed number.’
An inquiry was conducted into the failings of the quarantine system.
Infectious diseases experts have long warned the hotel quarantine system is not foolproof.
In an interview with Daily Mail Australia just before Christmas, World Health Organisation adviser Professor Mary-Louise McLaws said the hotel quarantine system was past its used-by date.
COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
- Western Australia – All NSW residents are banned from entering WA. Anyone who enters the state will be ‘sent back’, according to Premier Mark McGowan.
- Victoria – A hard border has been put up, with the entire state of NSW declared a red zone. If people cross into Victoria before 11.59pm on New Year’s Eve, they must self- isolate until they test negative. If they enter before 11.59pm on New Year’s Day, they must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of test results. If they cross into the state after January 1, they must spend two weeks in mandatory hotel quarantine.
- Northern Territory – The state has declared greater metropolitan Sydney as a Covid-19 hotspot, and travellers will need to undergo 14 days of supervised quarantine.
- South Australia – Harder border closure to all NSW residents from midnight on New Year’s Eve. Returning South Australians must quarantine for 14 days. A 100km border buffer zone, including Broken Hill and Wentworth, will be exempt.
- Queensland – Queensland has shut its borders to Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast. Locals returning to the Sunshine State from a hotspot must isolate.
- ACT – Anyone travelling to the ACT from a Covid-19 hotspot in NSW will now require an exemption. People from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong will not be legally permitted to enter the ACT without a valid pass from midday on Saturday January 2.
- Tasmania – Northern Beaches residents banned. All people from Greater Sydney must also quarantine upon entry.
The University of NSW infectious diseases experts said many hotels lack appropriate air flow and suggested that quarantine facilities should be shifted out of built-up cities to regional sites.
Meanwhile, Dr Chant said there has been an increase in the number of infected travellers returning from overseas recently.
‘We are seeing more infections in our returning travellers, and whilst we regret any transmission event, we need to learn from it,’ she said.
NSW takes about half of the country’s hotel quarantine load. Seven new cases were reported in hotel quarantine on Monday alone.
Sydneysiders are still adjusting to the implementation of mandatory mask wearing in public places. From Monday, the mandate will be enforceable with a $200 fine
Australia’s Covid crisis in the last 24 hours at a glance
* Western Sydney residents have been urged to get tested if they have the slightest of symptoms, as testing numbers are still “far too low”. A total of 22,275 people were tested in the 24 hours ending on Sunday night.
* NSW health authorities have “major concerns” over the transmission of COVID-19 during brief interactions at a BWS bottle shop and Woolworths at Berala, with two cases linked to the cluster registered overnight.
* Authorities expect more cases to emerge from the Berala cluster, which now tallies 15. Most who called in to the bottle shop across the Christmas period are now considered close contacts and need to isolate for 14 days even if they visited the outlet for a short time.
* NSW recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the first time in almost three weeks. The two new Berala cluster cases came to light after the reporting period. Seven cases were recorded in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
* Masks are now mandatory in Sydney shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty premises, entertainment venues such as cinemas and at other indoor venues like post offices and banks. All hospitality staff are also required to wear one. Anyone who flouts the rule risks a $200 fine.
* A Sydney venue operator has been fined $5000 for breaching public health orders by hosting at least 700 wedding guests, despite a COVID-safe capacity of 350.
* Victoria recorded three new locally acquired infections bringing the active-case total to 36, while the number linked to Melbourne’s Black Rock cluster seeded by NSW’s northern beaches outbreak jumps to 24.
* The Garden State conducted 32,468 tests as some people endured waits of more than two hours at processing facilities.
* Queensland has recorded five new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine. All were acquired overseas.
* People who have been in Victoria since December 21 are now banned from visiting “vulnerable facilities” in the Sunshine State like aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation and correctional facilities unless 14 days have passed.
* Queensland authorities are continuing to respond to a surge in demand for testing since people who were in Victoria on or since December 21 were advised to get tested and quarantine at home until they get results.
* The earliest Queensland will review its border restrictions for greater Sydney is January 8, 28 days since the first case of community transmission.
* Western Australia will consider reinstating its hard border closure to all states if the outbreaks in NSW and Victoria spread to other jurisdictions.
* South Australia will look for 14 days of no community transmission before lifting coronavirus restrictions with NSW. But there are no plans to also close the state’s border with Victoria.
Just two new cases were linked to the Berala cluster on Monday. Neither case was reported in the figures to 8pm Sunday, with the state reporting zero new cases after 22,000 tests.
The Woolworths staff member worked consistently from December 22 until December 31, potentially exposing thousands of locals to the deadly respiratory virus.
Any customers who visited Woolworths at any time of the day between those dates must get a Covid test and self isolate immediately until they receive a negative result.
Updated information released on Monday night also explained that any customers at the infected BSW, next to Woolworths, at any time of the day between December 20 and December 31 should also get tested and isolate.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Berala cluster was concerning as transmission happened despite people spending very short periods of time inside the bottle shop.
Berala BWS closed for a deep clean after two staff worked while infectious over several shifts
Thousands of customers at a busy Woolworths store in Berala will be plunged into isolation after a coronavirus infected staffer worked 11 days over Christmas
He said he would not rule out a local lockdown, similar to what was seen in the Northern Beaches.
‘We will always consider what we can do in relation to a lockdown and further restrictions, especially where there is a hot spot,’ he told the Today Show.
‘One of the things we said when we were lifting restrictions was that if we had to respond, it would be fast and it would be hard and local, just like we have done for the peninsular.
‘There is no reason we couldn’t do that for Berala, Cumberland LGA area.’
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said there are more than 2,000 people who may have visited the Berala store over the Christmas period.
Contact tracers are relying on CCTV and Rewards cards data to track close contacts.
But there are concerns that people who were exposed to the virus in that period could have already spread Covid throughout the community, potentially exposing tens of thousands of people along the way.
An infected worker worked 11 days over Christmas holiday period at Woolworths Berala (pictured on January 3)
Authorities said Sydney’s test numbers must increase in order for experts to have confidence they are catching most cases.
Meanwhile, mutated, more infectious strains running rampant in the United Kingdom and South Africa remain a cause for concern. The UK strain was first detected in Australia in early December. Neither has been linked to the Berala or Avalon outbreaks.
Just three new cases of Covid were identified in Victoria overnight, all linked to the Black Rock Thai restaurant and taking the cluster to 24.
Testing commander Jeroen Weimar said they are on track to keep it under control.
It took less than 24 hours to identify the restaurant as the critical link between cases, with a growing number of exposure sites quickly identified after that.
Masks must be worn inside all shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty salons, cinemas, post offices and banks (pictured, Bondi Junction on Sunday)
Latest exposure sites include a Boost Juice at Chadstone, a Puffing Billy railway stop in emerald and a Sikh temple in Keysborough.
The Grape and Grain cellars in Moorabbin was also upgraded as an exposure site on Monday. It is one of 13 sites linked to the cluster where anyone who has visited in a defined period must be tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.
Visitors to another 29 sites must be tested immediately and quarantine until they have a negative result.
A third category carries a warning where anyone who develops symptoms should go for testing, and this includes more than 50 sites.
All positive cases in the cluster – which genomic testing shows seeded from NSW – have been tied back to the Black Rock restaurant in bayside Melbourne.
All the Covid-19 hotspot locations in NSW
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Anytime Fitness in Mona Vale on December 17 between 9:50am to 12:45pm
Anytime Fitness in Kings Park on December 20 between 9:30am to 11:45am
Anytime Fitness at Avalon Beach on December 11 , 17, 7 and November 23 all day
Anytime Fitness in Berowra on December 16 and 17 between 5:30am to 6:30am both days
Alma Avalon Restaurant on Avalon Beach on December 16 between 8:30pm to close
Alimentari in Paddington on December 18 between 5:30am to 6pm, December 19 between 5:30am to 6pm and December 17 between 5:30am to 6pm
Avalon Bowlo on December 13 between 5pm and 7pm, December 15 between 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8.30pm
Avoca Beach Hotel, Saltwater Bistro in Avoca Beach on December 20 between 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Anytime Fitness in Berowa on December 16 and 17 between 5:30am to 6:30am both days
Bangkok Sidewalk Restaurant in Avalon on December 14 between 7pm to 8pm
BodyFit Gym in Blacktown on December 16, 17 and 18 between 7am to 8am every day.
BoThai in Crows Nest on December 13 between 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Barramee Thai Massage and Spa in Avalon on December 14 and 16 between 2pm to 3:30pm both days
Cortex Gym at Alexandria on December 15 during strength and conditioning class
Cafe Relish at Avalon on December 17 between 10:30am to 11:30am
Cafe Junior at Neutral Bay on December 13 between 12:45pm to 2:30pm
Cafe Toscano (outdoor verandah area) at Forster on December 16 from 6pm to 7:45pm
Cronulla RSL on December 16 between 5pm to close
Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison at Auburn on December 20 between 2:50pm to 4pm
Cibo Cafe at North Sydney on December 16 between 12pm to 12:45pm
Coast Palm Beach Cafe in Palm Beach on December 13 between 10am to 11am
Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL on December 28 between 6pm-11.30pm
Fitness First Mona Vale on December 14 all day, December 13 between 2pm to 4pm and December 17 all day and December 16 between 8:30pm to 10pm
Garfish in Manly on December 17 between 7:10pm to 8:15pm
G Fitness Freshwater at Freshwater on December 15 between 11am to 12:45pm
Hair Management at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 11:15am to 12:30pm
Kirribilli Hotel at Milsons Point on December 17 between 12.45 to 3pm
Kirribilli Club in Kirribilli on December 14 between 12pm to 3pm
La Piazza at Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 12pm to 2pm
Monkey Mania at Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 10am to 12pm
Motorserve Narrabeen Car Servicing North Narrabeen on December 18 between 10:30am to 2pm
Oceana Traders Seafood Merchants at Avalon on December 14 to 17 between 6pm to 8pm each day
Palm Beach female change rooms on December 13 between 9am to 9:15am
Penrith RSL Club on December 13 between 1pm to 6pm
Pilgrims Vegetarian Café at Cronulla on December 16 between 11:30am to 2:30pm
Premier Academy League Under 8s Macquarie University Soccer Fields at Macquarie Park on December 13 between 9am to 10:45am Only the U8 Northern Beaches Futbol Academy Azul team, who played Premier Academy League, are considered a close contact. They have been contacted by NSW Health and need to isolate until 27 December
Park House Hotel in Mona Vale on December 16 between 8pm to 10pm
Pearly Nails and Beauty in Mona Vale on December 14 between 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Pilates KX in Mona Vale on December 14 between 7pm to 9pm
Rose of Australia in Erskineville on December 15 between 7pm to 9pm
Rosnay Golf Club Bistro in Auburn on December 20 between 11:15am to 12:15pm
Restaurant Lovat in Newport on December 15 between 6:30pm to 8:30pm
RSL Club in Avalon Beach on December 11, 14, 15 and 16 between 8.30pm to 9.15pm
Santa Claus Photo Booth at Westfield Burwood on December 22 between 11:15am to 11:45am
Surf Life Saving Club at Avalon Beach on December 15 between 8:30am to 9am
Sneaky Grind Cafe at Avalon on December 14 between 9:30am to 11am
Sankaku Izakaya in Newport on December 17 between 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Salon X in Paddington on December 17 between 9am to 8pm and December 16 between 9am to 6pm
St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church at Wollongong on December 27 between 9am to 10:15am
The House Nail Salon in Avalon on December 14 between 10:30am to 11:30am
The Boatshed Cafe & Bar at Narrabeen on December 14 between 2pm to 3pm
The Sands at Narrabeen on December 15 between 6pm to 8pm
The Salon of Hair at Turramurra on December 15, 16, 17, 18 – all day
United Cinemas in Avalon on December 15 between 12pm to 2:15pm
USA Nails in Gordon on December 17 between 12:30pm to 1:30pm
United Cinemas at Warriewood on December 15 between 12pm to 2:30pm
Venus Nail Salon at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 12:30pm to 1pm
4 Pines at Newport on December 15 between 6pm to 10pm and December 16 between 4:30pm to 9pm
Get tested and isolate until negative result
Anytime Fitness at Avalon Beach on December 11 , 17, 7 and November 23 all day
Anytime Fitness at Belrose on December 11 between 9:45am to 11:30am, December 18 between 9:30am to 11:30am, December 14 between 9:30am to 11:30am, December 12 between 9:30am to 11:30am, December 9 between 9:30am to 11:30am, December 6 between 9:30am to 11:30am and December 7 between 9:30am to 11:30am
Australia Post Avalon Beach at Avalon on December 16 between 3:30pm to 3:50pm
Aura Threading and Beauty in Hornsby on December 17 between 10am to 11am
Arthouse Hotel, Sydney on December 17 between 11:15am to 12:15pm
Balmain Post Office on December 22 between 3:30pm to 4pm
Bankstown Sports Club on December 28 between 10am to 2pm
Bass Hill Plaza on December 28 between 11am to 2pm
Beach Bums Cafe at Forster on December 16 and 17 between 8am to 9am both days
Belrose Hotel at Belrose on December 11 between 12pm to 6pm
Blend @ Grantham Cafe at Riverstone on December 16 between 11am to 11:45am
Bowan Island Bakery in Newport on December 18 between 9am to 9:30am
Buckley’s Opera House Promenade, Sydney on December 17 between 7:30pm to 9pm
Bunnings at Ashfield on December 28 between 12pm-1pm
BWS at Berala between Tuesday December 22 and Thursday December 31 inclusive, at any time of the day
BWS at Bass Hill Plaza on December 24 between 1:10pm-1:30pm
Cafe Bodrum at Auburn on December 21 between 2pm to 2.30pm
Careel Bay Dog Park & Hitchcock Park at Avalon Beach on December 16 between 7am to 7:30am
Casula Mall Coles on December 24
Central Park Food Court in Chippendale on December 17 between 5pm to 6pm
Chillbar at Avalon on December 14 and 16 between 10:30am to 11:30am on both days
Charlie & Franks in St Leonards on December 16 between 9am to 10am
Chullora Fish Market on December 23 between 6.40am and 7.10am
Coffee Club Stockland at Shellharbour on December 17 between 11am to 12pm and December 27 between 11am to 12pm
Coles at Figtree Grove Shopping Centre on December 28 between 4.45pm to 5.20pm
Commonwealth Bank Avalon Beach on December 15 between 12pm to 12:15pm
Cuckoo Callay on Crown at Surry Hills on December 15 between 11am to 12pm
Davidson Pizzeria in Davidson on December 18 between 6:15pm to 6:45pm
Flower Power Garden Centre at Warriewood on December 18 between 8:45 to 9:30am
Greenwell and Thomas Pharmacy in Katoomba on 26 December and 27 December, all day for both days
Harris Farm Warehouse, Homebush on December 16, 17 and 18
Hi-Tek Aquariums at Brookvale on December 16 between 1:55pm to 2:55pm
Hipster Clothing Store at Westfield Burwood on December 19 between 8am to 6pm
HongFa BBQ Restaurant in Dee Why on December 15 between 4:30pm to 4:45pm
IGA Rozelle on December 17 between 8:25am to 8:35am
Jim’s Cellars at Waitara on December 17 between 7:15pm to 7:30pm
Liverpool Westfield on December 23 between 1pm to 3pm
Local Bar Cafe at Rozelle on December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 between 8:30am to 9:30am all the days
London Hotel at Paddington on December 17 between 8:15pm to 9:30pm
Marketplace in Leichhardt on December 19 between 2pm to 2:30pm
Massage Link (formerly known as Time To Massage) in Leichhardt on December 19 between 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Mitre 10 at Avalon Beach on December 15 between 12pm to 12:20pm
Mitre 10 at Mona Vale on December 15 between 8:30am to 5:30pm and December 16 – 8;30am to 5:30pm
Mr Cafe and Bar at Balmain on December 17 between 9am to 10am
McDonalds at Raymond Terrace on December 15 between 11:45am to 12:15pm
McDonalds at Warriewood on December 17 between 1:30pm to 2pm
Mentmore and Morely Cafe and public toilets in Rosebery on December 14 between 10am to 3pm
Nick Scali at Belrose on December 16 between 10am to 5:30pm
Nomad Restaurant at Surry Hills on December 16 between 12:45pm to 2pm
Nourished Wholefood Cafe and Lounge at Avalon on December 12 between 7:15am to 7:40am and December 13 10am to 11am
Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre at Warriewood on December 15 between 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Oliver Brown in Crows Nest on December 21 between 10am to 10.30am
Oliver’s Pies at Avalon on December 14 between 9am and 9.15am and December 16 between 3.30pm and 3.50pm
Officeworks at Punchbowl on December 21 between 8.30pm to 9.00pm and on Tuesday December 29 between 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Paris Seafood Café at Cronulla on December 15 between 8:30pm to 9pm and December between 3pm to 6pm
Paragon Hotel Sports Bar, Sydney on December 16 between 12:45pm to 3:30pm
Palm Beach Pool on December 14 between 9:30am to 10:30am and December 16 between 8am to 9am
P’nut Street Noodles Thai Restaurant in Balmain on December 16 between 6pm to 6:15pm
Priceline at Centro Bankstown Square on December 24 between 1pm to 5pm
Priceline in Rhodes Waterside on December 24 from 9am-12pm
Proust Optical at Figtree on December 21 between 9:30am to 5pm and December 23 between 9:30am to 2pm
Pure Thai at Berala on December 26 from 2pm-4pm and December 28 from 2pm-4pm
Results Laser Clinic Sydney on December 16 between 12:30pm to 1pm
RAN Sailing Association, Navy Bear Café and Christmas party in Darling Point on December 13 between 10am to 4pm
Roof Racks World at Artarmon on December 15 between 2pm to 2.30pm
Ruby’s Diner at Waverley on December 17 between 10am to 10:30am
Radio Bombay restaurant in Casula on December 24
Sappho Books Cafe and Bar in Glebe on December 20 between 11am to 12:30pm
Sabiang Thai Restaurant at Avalon on December 13 between 6pm to 8pm
Scoop Wholefoods at Mona Vale on December 17, 18, 19 , all day
Sir Reuben at Rozelle on December 20 between 11am to 11:30am
Strawberry Hills Hotel at Surry Hills on December 16 between 3:30pm to 6pm
Sydney Trapeze School in St Peters on December 15 between 10am to 12pm
Shot Lab in Newport on December 15 between 11am to 12pm
The Anglers Rest at Brooklyn on December 17 between 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Twenty-One Espresso at Double Bay on December 15 between 7.10pm to 9.10pm
The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church at Wollongong on December 27 between 10:30am to 11am
Westpac OpenAir Cinema at Lady Macquarie’s Chair on December 17 at the evening showing of ‘Prom’
Zeus Street Greek in Drummoyne on December 22 between 6pm to 6:15pm
2108 Espresso in Palm Beach on December 14 between 8am to 9am
Get tested and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health
Bermi’s Beachside Café in Bermagui on December 31 between 9am-10am
Great Southern Hotel in Eden on December 30 between 5pm-6:30pm
The Swallowed Anchor in Wollongong on Saturday December 19, all day
Watch for symptoms and get tested if they appear
Aldi in Mona Vale on December 13 between 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Auburn Redyard Entertainment Centre on December 20 between 4pm to 5pm
Australian Red Cross Op Shop at Avalon Beach on December 15 between 1pm to 2pm
BCF (Boating Fishing Camping) at Auburn on December 23 between 10:15am-10:45am
Bing Lee Gateway in Mona Vale on December 14 between 4:30pm to 4:45pm
Bistro, Hornsby Railway Hotel in Hornsby on December 17 from 6pm to 6.30pm
Bondi Icebergs Club (Pool Deck Level) on December 21 between 7am to 8am and December 20 between 8am to 9:30am
Bunnings at Greenacre on December 26 between 12.30pm to 1pm
Bunnings at Belrose on December 17 between 4pm to 5pm
Bunnings at Lidcombe on December 24 between 4pm-4:20pm
Bunnings at Smithfield on Tues December 29 between 1.15pm – 1.35pm
Casula Mall in Casula on December 24 between 6.30pm to 8pm
ChaRice Noodle Bar in Newport on December 16 between 1pm – 2:30pm
Clark Rubber in Haberfield on December 28 between 12pm-12:15pm
Coles Newport on December 11 between 5pm to 7pm, December 12 between 3:15pm to 3:30pm, December 16 between 2pm to 2:15pm and 8pm to 8:15pm, Decemver 18 between 9am to 10am
Coles Mona Vale on December 19 between 12pm to 12:45pm and December 13 between 1pm to 3pm
Coles at Turramurra on December 18 between 10:30am to 11am and December 17 between 10am to 10:30am
Coles Stanhope Gardens on December 19 between 7am to 3:30pm and December 20 between 7am to 2pm
Costco at Lidcombe on December 24 between 10am-10:20am and between 4:20pm-4:45pm
Cotton On in Westfield Hornsby on December 17 between 10am to 10:20am
Cronulla Mall on December 15 between 8pm to 9pm and December 16 between 3pm to 6pm
Culture Kings in Mid-City Centre, Sydney CBD, on December 28 between 1pm-2pm
De’assis Collaroy Café in Collaroy on December 12 between 9:15am to 10:10am
El Jannah in Blacktown on December 28 between 3.20pm – 4pm
Figtree Grove Shopping Centre in Figtree on December 21 between 12:30pm to 1:20pm, December 23 to 8:45am to 9am and December 24 between 6:45am to 9:30am
Fresh Delights Café, Belrose Super Centre on December 17 9am to 10am – Monitor for symptoms
Harris Farm Markets in Mona Vale on December 13 between 1pm to 3pm
Hills Campus Hillsong Church in Norwest on December 29 between 8pm – 8.45pm
Hungry Ghost Café in Avalon Beach on December 13 and 15 between 9:30am to 11am both days
KFC Mona Vale at Warriewood on December 18 between 12pm to 1pm
Kmart in Westfield Hornsby on December 17 between 6.30pm to 7pm
Mancini’s Pizza @ Belfield on December 24 from 7pm to 7:15pm
Macquarie Shopping Centre at North Ryde on December 13 between 11am to 1pm
Martin Reserve, Seymour Street, Croydon Park on December 27 between 12pm-12.40pm
Mr Green & Co North Sydney on December 16 between 1pm to 2pm
Myer Stockland in Shellharbour on December 27 between 12pm to 12:40pm
MLC Building Food Court, Sydney on December 15 between 1pm to 2pm
Orange Central Square Shopping Centre on December 19 between 4:05pm – 4:15pm
Pittwater Place in Mona Vale on December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 , all day
Pronto Creative Foods at Palm Beach on December 16, 17 between 7:30am to 8:30am both days
QVB Level 3 Santa Photos, Sydney on December 23 between 10:15am to 11am
Rowland Reserve Dog Park in Bayview on December 16 and 17 between 4pm to 5pm both days
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport on December 16 between 4:30pm to 6pm
RSL Club in Avalon Beach on December 13 between 8.30pm to 9.15pm
Service NSW at Blacktown Service Centre on December 30 between 12.15pm – 1pm
Service NSW at Warriewood Square on December 15 between 1:25pm to 2:05pm
Surf Life Saving Club in Avalon Beach on December 13 to 15 between 9am to 9.30am each day
Star Nails in Rose Bay on December 20 between 12:15pm to 1pm
TFO, Tile Factory Outlet in Smithfield on December 29 between 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden at Centennial Park on December 22 between 10am to 11:15am
Warriewood Square on December 17 between 11am to 3pm, December 8 between 12:30pm to 2:15pm and December 16 between 11am to 12:15pm
Warriewood Square Nails on December 15 between 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Warriewood Valley Playground Rocket, Park on December 17 between 10:15am to 12:30pm
Westfield Bondi Junction on December 15 between 1pm and 2.30pm and December 19 between 10am to 1pm
Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale on December 15 between 12:15pm to 2:45pm and December 16 between 10:40am to 1:40pm and December 19 between 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Westpoint Blacktown on December 28 between 2.40pm – 3.20pm
Wollongong Central on December 23 – between 3:30pm to 4pm
Woolworths in Avalon on December 12 between 12pm to 12.15pm, December 13 between 12pm and 5pm, December 14 between 7pm to 7:30pm December 15 between 5pm to 5:30pm and 7pm to 7:30pm
Woolworths in Berala at any time, all day between December 20 and December 31
Woolworths Metro in Cronulla on December 16 between 11am to 12pm
Woolworths Strathfield Plaza in Strathfield on December 20 between 9am-9.10am
1 Bligh St, Sydney on December 17 between 10:30am to 10:50am
7 Eleven, Greenacre on December 26 from 4.30pm to 5pm
Cases on public transport routes
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Bus Route B1-2, December 16, between 4:31pm to 5:25pm from Wynyard Station Stand B to Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Road
Get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result
Bus Route B1-1, December 16, between 6:53am to 7:41am, from Warriewood BLine, Pittwater Road to Wynyard Station Stand B
Bus Route 273, December 16, between 7:10am to 8am, from Jamieson Square, Forestville to QVB (Queen Victoria Building), Sydney
Bus Route 304, December 16, between 7:46am to 8:11am, from Bourke Street (opposite Lachlan Street) Rosebery to Martin Place Station Stand C
Bus Route M52, December 16, between 8:24am to 9:06am, from Ryde, St Charles Primary School to Elizabeth St, Sydney, Martin Place Station, Stand C
Bus Route 27, December 16, between 5:25pm to 6:28pm, from QVB (Queen Victoria Building), Sydney to Austlink Business Park, Belrose
Bus Route M52, December 16, between 6:12pm to 6:55pm, from Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Martin Place Station, Stand C to Ryde, St Charles Primary School
Bus Route 304, December 17, between 8:05am to 8:30am from Bourke Street (opposite Lachlan Street) Rosebery to Martin Place Station Stand C
Bus Route M52, December 17, between 8:25am to 8:59am, from Ryde, St Charles Primary School to Elizabeth St, Sydney, Martin Place Station, Stand C
Bus Route 199-49, December 17, between 11am to 11.25am, from Barrenjoey Road opp George Street to Barrenjoey Rd opp Village Park
Bus Route B1-2, December 17, between 4.15pm to 5.15pm, from Wynyard Station, Carrington Street, Stand B to Mona Vale BLine, Barrenjoey Road
Bus Route 188X-2, December 17, between 5.20pm to 5.40pm, from Mona Vale BLine, Barrenjoey Road to Barrenjoey Rd after George Street
Ferry Palm Beach to Wagstaffe, December 16, between 6:15pm to 6:35pm
Train T1 North Shore Line Central to Artarmon, December 16, between 7:12am to 7:35am
Monitor for symptoms and if symptoms occur, get tested
Bus Route 431, December 20, between 10:48am to 11:02am, from Castlereagh Street before Bathurst Street to Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Road
Bus Route 325, December 20, between 4:31pm to 4:41pm, from Town Hall Station, Park Street, Stand G to Bayswater Road before New Beach Rd
Bus Route 324, December 20, between 10:33am to 10:45am, from New South Head Road opp New Beach Road to Town Hall Station, Park Steet, Stand J
Train T3 Bankstown Line Erskineville to Central, December 16, between 7:03am to 7:12am
Train T1 North Shore Line Waitara to Wynyard, December 16, between 8:16am to 9:05am
Train T1 North Shore Line North Sydney to Wynyard, December 16 between 1pm to 1.09pm
Train T1 North Shore Line Wynyard to Waitara, December 16, between 4:52pm to 5:31pm
Train T1 North Shore Line Waitara to Wynyard, December 17, between 8:17am to 9:01am
Train T1 North Shore Line Wynyard to Waitara, December 17, between 6:40pm to 7:22pm
Bus Route 333, December 21, between 7.30pm to 7.45pm, between Bondi Junction Station to Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade, Stand C
Train Redfern via Town Hall to Bondi Junction, December 21, between 7pm to 7.30pm
Train Bondi Junction via Town Hall to Redfern, December 22, between 10.05am to 10.35am
Bus Route 333, December 22, between 9.45am to 10am from Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade, Stand A to Bondi Junction Station
Bus Route 333, December 23, between 9am to 10am from Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade, Stand A to Taylor Square, Oxford Street, Stand A
Bus Route 333, December 23, between 10.40am to 11.30am from Taylor Square, Oxford Street, Stand D to Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade, Stand C
Bus Route B1-1, December 17, between 11.30am to 12.36pm from Mona Vale BLine, Barrenjoey Road to Wynyard Station, York Street, Stand M. If you were on the bus at this time and date for 30 minutes or more, get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result; for less than 30 minutes, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result
Bus Route B1-1, December 17, between 4:15pm to 5:15pm, from Wynyard Station, Carrington Street, Stand B to Mona Vale BLine, Barrenjoey Road. If you were on the bus at this time and date for 30 minutes or more, get testted immediately and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result; for less than 30 minutes, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result