List of Byron Bay COVID-19 venues grows

Concerns of a COVID-19 outbreak in Byron Bay are growing with NSW Health officials adding a gym and a pub among several new exposure sites within the coastal region.

NSW recorded one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The case became known after 8pm and will be included in Thursday’s numbers.

The new case was a man in his 20s who attended the Byron Beach Hotel with three of his friends, the same venue as a hen’s party where positive cases from Queensland were recorded.

On Wednesday afternoon, the annual Bluesfest musical festival was cancelled for a second straight year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Overnight, health officials added a handful of venues they consider high risk. The first is the Surfit 24/7 Epiq Gym at 5 Snapper Drive, Lennox Head on Sunday, March 28 between 6am and 11am.

The second is the Park Hotel/Motel at 223 Broken Heads Road, Suffolk Park on Sunday, March 28 between 1pm and 2pm.

The Park Hotel Motel at Suffolk Park has been added to the exposed venues list. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia

Ballina Golf and Sports was visited by a man infectious with COVID-19. Picture: FacebookSource:News Corp Australia

“Anyone who attended the following new venues must immediately get tested and self‑isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health,” a NSW Health statement read.

NSW Health also added several venues to a list of sites where anyone who attended between the hours indicated is considered a casual contact.

The first venue is Suffolk Park Bakery at 2 Clifford St, Suffolk Park on Saturday, March 27 between 11.15am and 11.40am.

QML Pathology staff at the pop-up COVID testing site at Cavanbah Sports Ground in Byron Bay. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Scott PowickSource:News Corp Australia

The welcome to Byron Bay sign is adorned with medical face masks in a form of protest. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Scott PowickSource:News Corp Australia

Other venues are retail shops or grocery stores, but the time window for all is Saturday, March 28 between 12pm and 4pm:

“Anyone who attended the venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received,” NSW Health said.

“Please continue to monitor for symptoms and if they appear, isolate and get tested again.”

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