NSW expects new cases after Byron Bay hen party

Cars lined up at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay

Cars lined up at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay

The latest case is a man in his 20s who attended the Byron Beach Hotel with three friends and sat near the travellers from Queensland who were there for a Hen's party.

Masks must be worn will shopping and while using transport - including taxis and ubers.

Ms Berejiklian said "pleasingly" three members of the man's house have been tested for Covid-19 and all returned negative tests.

They will be enforced across four council areas - Byron, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore.

Many other businesses and venues including a bottle shop and retail store have also been flagged as exposure sites.

"We've now declared the additional hotspot for Byron Bay, and also the additional requirement for people who have arrived since March 26 to self isolate for 14 days", Ms Manison said.

The same goes for those at The Farm Byron Bay on March 28 between 8am and 9.30pm.

All public venues will be subject to the four-square-metre rule and all patrons will be required to be seated.

We are saying you can keep your doors open but because of the risk that is there, we want you to be extra cautious.

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The new infection in NSW was recorded after 8pm on Tuesday and will be included in Thursday's figures.

"It is our strong preference - it will not be mandatory but it is our very strong preference - that if you live in any of those four local government areas, that you don't travel outside those areas", she said on Wednesday.

"We know through this one case of community transmission that there could be others".

The announcement momentarily quells fears of an outbreak in northern NSW after two Queensland women travelled to Byron Bay while unknowingly infectious, sparking concerns the virus may have spread across the border.

Byron Bay locals are on high alert after a man aged in his 20s tested positive.

The case will be reported in tomorrow's official coronavirus numbers update and has been traced to the Byron Beach Hotel, which an infected visitor from Brisbane attended on March 20.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed there are no new cases in NSW overnight, but she urged residents around Byron to remain vigilant.

A number of public health alerts have been issued for venues in the Byron Bay area, which is gearing up to host thousands of revellers for Bluesfest, which is scheduled to go ahead this weekend.

Ms Berejiklian said NSW Health was working with Bluesfest organisers.

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