COVID alert for Byron Bay after Qld visitors test positive

A health alert has been issued for Byron Bay after two Queensland women visited the holiday spot on the weekend while infectious with COVID-19.

The pair visited a number of venues in the Byron area between Friday, March 26 and Sunday, March 28 before returning to Queensland.

Anyone who was at the Byron Beach Hotel between 7.15pm and 8.30pm on Friday is being urged to get tested and isolate immediately.


An alert has also been issued for The Farm Byron Bay between 8am and 9.30am on Sunday.

Officials are now trying to contact 1321 who checked into the Byron Beach Hotel on the weekend along with 166 people who checked into The Farm.

NSW Health is also urging anyone else in the Byron Bay area with even the mildest of symptoms to get tested and isolate.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says there will be no border closures but she is urging people not to travel to Queensland.

“So our message to everybody in New South Wales who was considering going to Greater Brisbane over Easter is please change your plans.

“If you’re going to broader Queensland, again, consider changing your plans given there have been cases elsewhere in Queensland.”

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There are growing concerns about the impact the alert will have on the Easter holidays with thousands of people expected to flock to Byron this weekend.

Around 15,000 people are also expected at Bluesfest this weekend.

The event will go ahead but people from Queensland are being asked not to attend.

It’s been almost 250 days since a positive case of COVID-19 was recorded in the Northern New South Wales local health district.

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