11 new COVID cases detected in border bubble ahead of reopening

Northern NSW has recorded a rise in new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with all infections detected within the QLD-NSW border bubble.

It comes just days before Queensland is due to swing open its borders to all interstate COVID hotspots, including New South Wales, from 1.00am on Monday.

Of the new infections recorded today, one is in the Tweed, one is in Lismore, another is in Ballina, while eight are in Byron Bay.


Northern NSW Local Health District said there has been one case of local transmission from the Woody’s Surf Shack Nightclub.

The popular Byron Bay venue has been listed as a venue of concern across four days, from Tuesday November 30 to Friday December 3.

“We are reminding anyone who was at this venue on the dates and times listed to please come forward for testing immediately,” they said.

“If you attended this venue and are not fully vaccinated, you will be a close contact, and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days.

“You will need to have a repeat COVID-19 test on day 12 after your last visit to the venue.”

While those who are fully vaccinated are casual contacts only and are being told to get tested and isolate while awaiting a negative test result.

“Get tested again on day 6 after your last visit to the venue. If you feel well, you do not need to self-isolate while waiting for this test result,” Northern NSW Local Health District said.

Health officials have today warned that contact tracing in recent days has shown that the virus has spread among vaccinated people at a range of indoor settings where people are socialising, including pubs, nightclubs and parties.

“The vaccine is effective at protecting against severe disease, but although the risk of transmission is reduced, spread can still occur among fully vaccinated people,” they said.

“It is very important that people planning to attend venues or functions protect each other by using QR codes, physical distancing and wearing masks as much as possible, and practising hand hygiene.”

NSW recorded 420 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, including eight new Omicron infections.