EIGHTEEN new NSW venues are exposed to COVID-19

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An urgent health alert has been issued for 18 venues across Sydney, including the popular Wharf Bar and Steyne Hotel in Manly. 

NSW Health on Sunday evening announced the venues which span across Sydney’s northern beaches, lower north shore, southern and eastern suburbs – all of which have been visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases.  

The NSW government has tightened restrictions after the cluster ballooned to 70 cases.

Thirty new infections were announced on Sunday – 28 of which are linked to the cluster on the northern beaches.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday urged all NSW residents to wear a mask while shopping or in an indoor setting where social distancing can’t be maintained, such as office buildings.

‘If you’re going into an indoor setting or anywhere where social distancing can’t be maintained, please wear a mask,’ she said.

The COVID-19 cluster ballooned to 70 cases after 30 new infections were announced on Sunday - 28 of which are linked to the cluster on the northern beaches. Pictured: a testing clinic in Darlinghurt

The COVID-19 cluster ballooned to 70 cases after 30 new infections were announced on Sunday – 28 of which are linked to the cluster on the northern beaches. Pictured: a testing clinic in Darlinghurt

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday urged all NSW residents to wear a mask while shopping or in an indoor setting where social distancing can't be maintained, such as office buildings

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Sunday urged all NSW residents to wear a mask while shopping or in an indoor setting where social distancing can’t be maintained, such as office buildings

Scenes of panic buying reminiscent of the first wave in March have swept across supermarkets in recent days. Pictured: a supermarket in the Northern Beaches

Scenes of panic buying reminiscent of the first wave in March have swept across supermarkets in recent days. Pictured: a supermarket in the Northern Beaches 

New venues on a public health alert – announced Sunday evening  

Anyone who was at the following venues on the dates and at the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result: 

Manly Skiff Club, Corner of East Esplanade and Stuart Street, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 12pm – 2.30pm

Donny’s Bar, 7 Market Place, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3:15pm – 9pm

Old Manly Boat Shed, 40 The Corso, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 9pm – 12:30am

Rusti Fig, 3/363 Barrenjoey Road, Newport: Saturday 12 December, 9am – 10:30am

Café Junior, Woolworths Neutral Bay Village, 1-7 Rangers Road, Neutral Bay: Sunday 13 December, 12:45pm – 2.30pm

BoThai, 16 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest: Sunday 13 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Pearly Nails, 2/6 Waratah Street, Mona Vale: Monday 14 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Salon X, 86 William Street, Paddington: Wednesday 16 December, 9am – 6pm and Thursday 17 December, 9am – 8pm

Mona Vale Golf Club (bar and function room), 3 Golf Avenue, Mona Vale: Wednesday 16 December, 5pm – 10pm

Garfish Seafood Restaurant, 39 East Esplanade, Manly: Thursday 17 December, 6:45pm – 8:30pm

Anyone who attended the following venues on the dates and times below is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

Woolworths, Riverwood Plaza, 247 Belmore Road, Riverwood: Wednesday 9 December, 3pm – 3:35pm

Nourished Wholefood Café, 17 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach: Saturday 12 December, 7.15am-7.30am

Manly Wharf Bar, East Esplanade, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 2:45pm – 3:15pm

The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3pm – 3:30pm

Cronulla Mall, 6 Cronulla Street Cronulla: Tuesday 15 December, 8pm – 9pm and Wednesday 16 December, 3pm – 6pm

Navy Bear Café, RAN Sailing Association, 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point: Sunday 13 December, 10.30am – 4.45pm

Restaurant Lovat, G04/316-324 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport: Saturday 12 December 2:15pm – 2:25pm and 4pm – 4:15pm

Mona Vale Golf Club, 3 Golf Avenue, Mona Vale: Wednesday 16 December, 11am – 5pm

‘And, for heaven’s sake, do not get on public transport unless you are wearing a mask.

‘We can’t stress that enough.’ 

The total number of known coronavirus cases in NSW has now risen to 70.

‘The one positive is we still have not seen evidence of massive seeding outside the northern beaches community and our aim, of course, is to keep that in place,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

The government has imposed a number of restrictions on the Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven, which will remain in place until 11.59pm Wednesday.

No more than 10 people are allowed at household gatherings and patrons will need to maintain a four-square metre distancing at venues.

Up to 300 people will be permitted at places of worship and hospitality venues, while singing and chanting at indoor venues is banned, and dance floors will only be allowed at weddings.

NSW residents are being told to avoid visiting any vulnerable friends, relatives or aged-care facilities until Christmas Eve.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said that while mask wearing isn’t mandatory at this stage, it’s in the hands of people in the state.

‘Even when I have been driving I have seen incredible increase in mask wearing,’ she said.

‘People have sent me photos of supermarkets where the vast majority of people are wearing a mask.

‘So we have had a lot of co-operation from both the community and business.’

Scenes of panic buying reminiscent of the first wave in March have swept across supermarkets in recent days. 

‘Supermarkets … will continue to remain open no matter what, whether it is the Northern Beaches or outside the Northern Beaches,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

Ms Berejiklian urged all NSW residents against panic buying, and reminded them supermarkets will remain open

Ms Berejiklian urged all NSW residents against panic buying, and reminded them supermarkets will remain open

The government has imposed a number of restrictions on the Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven, which will remain in place until 11.59pm Wednesday

The government has imposed a number of restrictions on the Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven, which will remain in place until 11.59pm Wednesday

Sydney’s northern beaches remains the centre of the cluster, but NSW Health’s new list of cases on Sunday morning showed the virus had spread further in the city.

There are new cases are in Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai and North Sydney.

There are public health alerts for various northern beaches venues and businesses in Avalon, Belrose, Brookvale, Dee Why, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Newport, North Narrabeen and Palm Beach.

There are also warnings for locations in Artarmon, Bondi Junction, Cronulla, Darling Point, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Homebush, Kirribilli, Lane Cove, Newtown, Peakhurst, Penrith, St Peters, Riverstone, Rosebury, Surry Hills, Terry HIlls, Turramurra and Woolloomooloo.

Outside Sydney, Forster and Raymond Terrace are also on the warning list.

Northern beaches residents remain under stay-at-home orders last imposed back in March at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

People on the Northern Beaches are permitted to leave their homes for five basic reasons: to seek medical care, exercise, grocery shop, work or for compassionate care reasons

People on the Northern Beaches are permitted to leave their homes for five basic reasons: to seek medical care, exercise, grocery shop, work or for compassionate care reasons

Sydney's northern beaches remains the centre of the cluster, but NSW Health's new list of cases on Sunday morning showed the virus had spread further in the city

Sydney’s northern beaches remains the centre of the cluster, but NSW Health’s new list of cases on Sunday morning showed the virus had spread further in the city

People are permitted to leave their homes for five basic reasons: to seek medical care, exercise, grocery shop, work or for compassionate care reasons.’

Prof Chant said that contact tracers are yet to locate patient zero, but an extensive investigation is underway.

She said no one who has been granted quarantine exemptions, including international flight crews, had tested positive for the virus.

However, Dr Chant conceded that contact tracers may never be able to find patient zero.

‘While we really do want to find the source, it may be that this is going to be a challenge beyond us, but we are doing everything we can,’ Dr Chant said.

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