Sydneysiders have been put on alert after a number of venues in the city’s west were visited by a person with a confirmed case of coronavirus.
NSW Health issued the alert on Tuesday night warning that anyone who has been to the locations at the same time as the confirmed case should immediately get tested and self isolate until the results are returned.
Among the locations visited are the Merrylands RSL club, the Ollie Webb Cricket Ground at Parramatta, and a Hindu temple in Mays Hill.
Sydneysiders line up in traffic at a drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic in December (pictured) as several new outbreaks plague the city
People wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney on Sunday (pictured). Masks are mandatory in the city to combat a growing number of coronavirus cases
A confirmed Covid case visited Ollie Webb Reseerve in Parramatta (pictured) for a social cricket game on December 28
A high volume drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic is open at Merrylands Parks in Sydney’s west on the corner of Burnett Street and Merrylands Road. The clinic is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
On Monday, NSW Police began warning and fining people for breaching new rules requiring masks across Sydney as the city tries to contain an outbreak.
The tightening of restrictions was announced on Saturday with fines of $200 for those who refuse to wear masks on public transport and in public indoor venues.
One person was charged and two others fined, among them a man spotted at Parramatta shopping centre who had been warned earlier that day, and a man at Seven Hills Railway Station who allegedly swore at police and told them to fine him when confronted.
Another 25 people were warned by police on Monday.
NSW HEALTH ALERT FOR WESTERN SYDNEY ISSUED TUESDAY NIGHT
Anyone who was at these venues during these times is asked to immediately get tested and self isolate until you receive further advice from NSW Health:
Merrylands RSL – Monday December 28 – 4pm to 4.45pm
Saravanaa Bhavan Indian Restaurant, Parramatta – Monday December 28 – 10.20am to 10.50am
Ollie Webb Cricket Ground, Parramatta – Monday December 28 – 7.30am to 11am
Sydney Murugan Temple, Mays Hill – Friday January 1 – 12.40pm to 1.30pm
Sydney Marina Dine In & Take Away, Pendle Hill – Sunday January 3 – 12.30pm – 12.50pm
The Sydney Murugan Temple (pictured) at Mays Hill has also been listed by NSW Health
The Merrylands RSL (pictured) was issued with a warning after a case visited the venue on December 28
NSW Health announced four new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday as a cluster emerging from a BWS bottle shop in Berala is closely watched.
The BWS was exposed after a Covid-19 patient transport worker and a colleague unknowingly visited the store while infectious before Christmas.
It is believed a BWS worker then caught the virus without knowing and served thousands of customers over the festive season.
Coronavirus testing is also ramping up in regional NSW where some residents must isolate after a young man travelled thousands of kilometres on a camping trip before testing positive.
The 18-year-old Sydney man visited Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill in the state’s central and western regions after visiting the bottle shop at the centre of a recent cluster on Christmas Eve. His case was identified on Tuesday.
On Tuesday night, NSW Health issued a revision to their Covid warnings for one venue in Orange and another hospitality venue in Broken Hill.
REVISED ALERT FOR REGIONAL NSW ISSUED ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Anyone who attended the following venues during the times listed is considered a close contact and should immediately get tested for coronavirus and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:
Birdie Noshery & Drinking Est. in Orange – Sunday January 3 – 12pm to 2pm
Gourmet Cribtin, Broken Hill – Saturday January 2 – 12pm to 2pm (CST)
The 18-year-old man visited the Birdie Noshery (pictured) in Orange on Sunday 3 January from 12pm to 2pm while potentially infectious
Cricket fans have also been warned they will be fined $1000 if they attend the SCG Test from a coronavirus hotspot.
The Australian Medical Association has led calls for the third Test to be played in front of empty stands because of the risk it poses as a potential coronavirus super-spreading event.
The SCG’s capacity will instead be capped at 25 per cent on Thursday, when the series between Australia and India resumes.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who will remain in Canberra and watch the game on television because of the ACT’s border restrictions, says it is ‘great that it’ll be played in front of people’.
‘It’s been done in a safe way,’ he told 2GB.
‘They’ve got a good plan to deal with that, based on the medical advice.’
Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro reiterated on Tuesday that ‘everything comes with a risk’ amid Sydney’s coronavirus outbreak, having already urged regional NSW residents to not attend the match.
Testing in the Sydney suburb of Five Dock on December 30 (pictured) amid a cluster of cases in the city
An Indian restaurant (pictured) in Parramatta was visited by someone with coronavirus on December 28
The state government, desperate to minimise that risk, has banned anybody from Berala and nearby suburbs attending the third Test.
‘Do not come to the Test,’ NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
‘You must not come to the SCG.
‘That’s for your sake and for our community’s sake.
‘If any of you think that it’s still OK to come in with somebody else who’s got a ticket or tickets, it won’t be.
‘Health orders made in the next 24 hours will enable NSW Police to fine you $1000 if you put a foot inside the SCG.’