30 March 2021

NSW Health continues to investigate local links and increase opportunities for people in Northern NSW to come forward for COVID-19 testing following more recent COVID 19 cases in Queensland.

No local cases of COVID-19 have been identified in NSW, however contact tracing continues for cases from Queensland who have attended venues in Northern NSW.

NSW Health is providing updated advice for venues visited by previously confirmed Queensland cases of COVID-19 who visited the Byron Bay area. Please check details carefully as they may have changed.

The following are close contact venues. Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days from the date they were at the venue, regardless of the result:

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
Byron BayBeach Hotel1 Bay Street Friday 26 March
7:15pm - 9pm
EwingsdaleThree Blue Ducks restaurant - Terrace11 Ewingsdale Road
Sunday 28 March
8:45am - 9:30am

The following is a casual contact venue. If you have been to this location at the listed time, you should get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received. Continue to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, get tested again:

SuburbVenueAddressDate and time
EwingsdaleThe Farm - any other area not listed above (including Poppy and Fern, Wormticklers and other sections of Three Blue Ducks)11 Ewingsdale Road
Sunday 28 March
8:30am - 10:30am

In addition, eighteen people who have travelled from Queensland to NSW have been identified as having attended Queensland close contact venues to date, although four of these have since returned to Queensland.

The fourteen people still in NSW have been directed by NSW Health to undergo a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. These people will receive regular follow-up contact from NSW Health during this time.

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, and links to Queensland Health advice is available on the NSW Government website.

People from the Byron Bay area, those who visited at the weekend when confirmed COVID-19 cases attended, and people who have been in Queensland should check the website regularly for updates.

NSW Health urges everyone in NSW, especially in the Byron Bay area, with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

NSW Health is providing new COVID-19 testing clinics and increasing the hours of existing clinics across Northern NSW today. These clinics are:

  • Byron Bay QML Pathology Drive-Through, Cavanbah Sports Ground, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Open from 8am to 8pm Monday – Sunday. No referral required.
  • Byron Bay Walk-in Pop-Up Clinic; Byron Bay surf club, Bay St, Byron Bay. Open from 9am – 5pm. No appointment required.
  • Lennox Head QML Pathology Drive-through clinic, Lennox Community Centre, Cnr Park Lane and Mackney Lane, 8am – 8pm Monday – Sunday. No GP referral required.
  • Tweed Heads QML Pathology Drive-through clinic, Cnr Wharf and Florence Street, Tweed Heads, 8am – 8pm Monday -Sunday. No GP referral required.
  • Lismore QML Pathology Drive – through clinic, 354 Keen Street, Lismore 8am – 7pm, open from this afternoon.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic, visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.