Several pharmacies, shopping centres and an RSL club are some of the latest venues added to a rapidly growing list of COVID-19 hotspots in New South Wales.
18 new locally-acquired cases were reported in the state on Wednesday, including a new cluster that has emerged in Sydney’s inner-west.
The Croydon cluster accounts for six of the new cases, with all of those cases part of the same extended family including three children.
The source of that cluster is still unknown and there are growing fears that the coronavirus outbreak has spread far beyond the Northern Beaches.
Given the rapid rise in cases, Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday announced NYE restrictions for residents in Greater Sydney will be tightened.
Isolate and await advice
NSW Health is warning people who attended Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL on Monday 28 December between 6pm and 11.30pm to get tested immediately and self-isolate until getting further advice.
Anyone who visited any of the following venues at the listed times is considered a close contact who must get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:
Bankstown Sports Club on Monday 28 December in Monkey Mania between 10am and 12pm or La Piazza between 12pm and 2pm
Hair Management at Bass Hill Plaza on Thursday 24 December 24 between 11.15am and 12.20pm
Venus Nail Salon at Bass Hill Plaza on Thursday 24 December 24 between 12.30pm and 1pm
Anyone who visited any of the following venues at the listed times is considered a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received:
Buckley’s at the Opera House Promenade in Sydney on Thursday 17 December between 7.30pm and 9pm (indoor diners and staff only)
Open Air Cinema screening of Prom at Lady Macquarie’s Chair in Sydney on Thursday 17 December
Priceline Pharmacy at Rhodes on Thursday 24 December between 9am and 12pm
BWS at Bass Hill Plaza on Thursday 24 December between 1.10pm and 1.30pm
Santa Claus Photo Booth at the Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre on Tuesday 22 December between 11.15am and 11.45am
Officeworks at Punchbowl on Monday 21 December between 8.30am and 9pm
Coffee Club at Stockland Shellharbour on Sunday 27 December between 11am and 12pm
Priceline Pharmacy at Centro Bankstown Square on Thursday 24 December between 1pm and 5pm
Priceline Pharmacy at Westfield Liverpool on Wednesday 23 December between 10am and 5pm
Greenwell and Thomas Pharmacy at Katoomba, all day Saturday and Sunday December 26-27
Anyone who visited any of the following venues at the listed times should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately and isolate if they appear:
Martin Reserve at Croydon Park on Sunday 27 December between 12pm and 12.40pm
Costco at Lidcombe on Thursday 24 December between 10am and 10.20am or 4.20pm and 4.45pm
Bunnings at Lidcombe on Thursday 24 December between 4pm and 4.20pm
BCF (Boating Camping Fishing) at Auburn on Wednesday 23 December between 10.15am and 10.45am
Coles at Figtree Grove Shopping Centre on Monday 28 December between 4.45pm and 5.20pm
Bunnings at Greenacre on Saturday 26 December between 12.30pm and 1pm
Myer at Stockland Shellharbour on Sunday 27 December between 12pm and 12.40pm
Bankstown Sports Club on Monday 28 December between 10am and 2pm
Bass Hill Plaza on Thursday 24 December between 11am and 2pm
Figtree Grove Shopping Centre on Monday 21 December between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, Wednesday 23 December between 8.45am and 9am, Thursday 24 December between 6.45am and 9.30am
Wollongong Central on Wednesday 23 December between 3.30 and 4pm
These locations are the latest venues updated on Wednesday December 30 – for the full list of venues on alert, visit the NSW Health website here.
Church advice updated
NSW Health has also updated advice for those who attended two Greek Orthodox churches in Wollongong.
Anyone who attended the St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday 27 December between 9am and 10.15am is now considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Those who attended the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday 27 December between 10.30am and 11am is now considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
SCG match alive for now
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has argued the third Test between India and Australia can still be safely played in Sydney despite Wednesday’s rise in COVID case numbers.
Cricket Australia’s board met late on Tuesday night and confirmed that the SCG would still host the match.
Berejiklian insisted on Wednesday it would remain a COVID-safe event with 50 per cent capacity as long as guidelines were followed.
“Now, the best health advice to us is that 50 per cent capacity of that venue in an outdoor setting is safer than being in a household in confined spaces,” Berejiklian said.
“So outdoor settings, ticketed, seated, controlled events are deemed to be safer than having too many people within a household.
“That is the best health advice provided to us and, in fact, this morning we even tightened the COVID-safe plan to make sure there’s additional information, masks available for anyone catching public transport.
“Everything is being done in all aspects of the community to keep everybody safe.”