New ‘venue of concern’ as NSW records no new community cases

There’s growing confidence Sydney has avoided a major COVID-19 outbreak, with no new cases of community transmission recorded again today.

It comes after 22,153 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours, up from 13,339 tests on Thursday.

“We thank the community for their response to calls for testing this week,” NSW Health said.


“The totals today reflect a fantastic community response.”

A new venue of concern has been identified and added to a list of locations visited by a couple from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who mysteriously contracted the virus earlier this week.

Anyone who attended the Woolworths Double Bay between 10.45am to 11.00am on Monday, May 3 is considered a casual contact and is being told to get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

“Continue to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, get tested again,” NSW Health said.

Despite no new local cases being detected, a raft of new restrictions will remain in place in Sydney until at least midnight on Sunday.

They include mask wearing indoors, a limit of 20 people in the home, and no singing or dancing in indoor venues except weddings.

“We know that transmission in the family home is a high risk. I appreciate that it’s Mother’s Day but we also appreciate that 20 people within the home is manageable for people to celebrate that important day,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this week.

“There will be no singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues. The exception is weddings. We recommend that only 20 people at a time be on the dance floor. Outside of weddings, there’s no singing in congregations and no dancing apart from obviously the performers in a show.

“In relation to mask-wearing, mask-wearing at indoor places will be compulsory. Public transport, if you go to the supermarket, any indoor event, will require compulsory mask-wearing in addition to hospitality workers.”

Authorities are continuing to urge anyone with even the mildest symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose to come forward and get tested immediately.

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