Fresh COVID alert for Byron after a ‘number’ of positive cases

A new COVID alert has been issued for Byron Bay with New South Wales Health confirming a ‘number’ of positive cases that have been in the region.

Officials haven’t confirmed exactly how many cases have been detected but say they have all since left the area.

The cases are not linked to the Aquarius Backpackers hostel which was forced into lockdown during the week after an unvaccinated staff member tested positive.


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Contact tracing is underway, and close contacts are being notified.

NSW Health has identified more than 80 venues in the region as potential exposure sites including in the Byron CBD, the West Byron industrial area and a number of hospitality and tourism venues.

Anyone who has been in the Byron area between November 20 and 25 is urged to get tested.

However, they are not required to isolate while awaiting their test results.

It comes as thousands of NSW school leavers descend on the Byron region for Schoolies celebrations.

The fresh alert has also prompted fresh concerns about plans for a border bubble between northern New South Wales and Queensland when the Sunshine State reopens its borders in a couple of weeks.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed during the week that a bubble was being looked at but did raise concerns about the COVID situation in Byron.