Sydney’s northern beaches locked down as COVID cluster grows

A coronavirus cluster in Sydney has grown by 13 with stay-at-home orders imposed on Sydney’s northern beaches from this afternoon.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has also put the rest of the city on notice that further restrictions for Greater Sydney are being considered.

Up to 8pm on Friday, 23 further positive tests were recorded, including 10 that had been reported earlier on Friday.


Of those, 21 have been linked to the Avalon cluster with two still under investigation.

However officials believe they are also linked.

The total number of cases currently linked to the cluster is now at 41.

More than 12,300 tests were carried out on Friday.

Sydney’s northern beaches will be placed into lockdown from this afternoon in a desperate bid to contain the outbreak.

“Based on the likelihood that we are going to expect to see a repeat of those numbers across this 24 hours, given what we know from the testing, given what we know from the likely number of cases, we are going to put in health orders for the Northern Beaches from five o’clock today to essentially go back to the restrictions people experienced in March,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced.

Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes including work, compassionate grounds, exercise or to go shopping.

The restrictions will be in place until at least midnight on Wednesday.

Residents in other parts of Sydney are also being urged to limit their movements across the city.

“We are asking you to do this in good faith. We are asking you not to undertake nonessential travel, or nonessential activity.

“If you are planning a night out tonight, we ask you to consider changing those plans on staying at home. We want people to stay at home tonight and the next few nights so that we can ensure the virus does not spread.”

A decision will be made tomorrow whether restrictions will be extended across the rest of the city.

An urgent health alert has also been issued for a popular gym on the northern beaches with hundreds of people potentially at risk.

A known case attended Anytime Fitness at Avalon while infectious.

Anyone who attended the gym on December 6, 7, 8, 11 or 12 is being ordered to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days.