While there have been many rumours this week, there are currently only 2 COVID-19 case locations on the NSW North Coast. For the latest information, check the NSW Health website regularly for new case locations.
The 2 current case locations are at Chinderah and Coffs Harbour.
The Chinderah alert is for the Ampol service station just off the northbound M1 from 8:30 pm Tuesday 13 July to 7:30 am Wednesday 14 July.
The Coffs Harbour alert is for the Hoey Moey hotel from 3:55 pm to 4:20 pm on Thursday 15 July. This alert was initially only for the bottle shop, but has been amended to include the whole hotel.
Anyone who visited these places, at these times, is a close contact and must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Update 23 July: There have also been COVID-19 virus fragments detected in the sewerage at Byron Bay.
Update 26 July: NSW Health issued a public health alert on 25 July 2021 that included a new venue of concern at the Ballina airport.
Be alert, not alarmed. Make sure you get tested for even the slightest of symptoms, get vaccinated, wear a mask and stay socially distanced.
What does self-isolate mean?
Self-isolate means you must stay at your home and remain separated from others in your home. You cannot leave your house, even if you get a negative result. You cannot go to the shops or chemist. If you need medical care, call your GP or local hospital – do not visit a health care facility without calling ahead.
There’s also been a lot of talk about mask wearing on the North Coast. As is the case in all of regional NSW, if you’re over 12 years old, you must wear a mask in all indoor non-residential areas – that includes shops, cafes, workplaces and gyms.
You also must wear a mask at outdoor gatherings, which includes when spectating at a sport event … even kids’ sport.
We strongly encourage people to wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Queensland border zone
The Queensland Government has declared the whole of NSW a hotspot. People from NSW cannot enter QLD except for essential reasons, with an exemption, and with 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Our northern regions are part of a border zone – it is a hard border with road closures and currently only 3 checkpoints.
NSW border zone residents can only cross the border for essential activities – such as work, education, accessing medical or health care, or attending organised children’s sport – but must get a Border Zone Travel X Pass to do so.
Always check the Queensland Government website before travelling in case there have been changes to requirements.