NSW Health releases new COVID-19 hot spots in the Northern Beaches including Fitness First gym – Daily Mail

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Another Sydney gym has been put on high alert after a positive coronavirus infection attended the fitness centre – with health authorities ordering visitors to isolate immediately. 

NSW Health identified four new Northern Beaches locations on Saturday night that had been visited by a positive COVID-19 case. 

Anyone who ate at the Sunset Diner at Avalon Beach on Friday December 11 from 6.30pm to 8pm is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately.

They will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days regardless of their test result – meaning they will celebrate Christmas Day in isolation. 

Anyone who visited four new venues across the NSW Northern Beaches have been told to self isolate immediately (pictured: a man undergoes a COVID-19 test at the drive through testing clinic in Avalon Beach on Saturday)

Anyone who visited four new venues across the NSW Northern Beaches have been told to self isolate immediately (pictured: a man undergoes a COVID-19 test at the drive through testing clinic in Avalon Beach on Saturday)

A positive COVID-19 case visited Fitness First Mona Vale inside the Pittwater Shopping Centre three days within the past week (pictured: a Fitness First logo)

A positive COVID-19 case visited Fitness First Mona Vale inside the Pittwater Shopping Centre three days within the past week (pictured: a Fitness First logo)

Cafe Relish at Avalon Beach, Fitness First Mona Vale and 4 Pines Newport have also been listed as danger zones linked to the COVID-19 cluster. 

Patrons to the cafe on December 17 from 10.30am to 11.30am are considered a casual contact. 

They have been ordered to go undergo screening and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result. 

A positive COVID-19 case visited Fitness First Mona Vale inside the Pittwater Shopping Centre three days within the past week.

Gym junkies in the Northern Beaches have been put on high alert after an infected resident visited a fitness centre

Gym junkies in the Northern Beaches have been put on high alert after an infected resident visited a fitness centre

Anyone who attended the facility on Sunday 13 December from 2pm-4pm, Monday 14 from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Wednesday 16 from 8.30pm to 10am is considered a casual contact.

Likewise for patrons to the 4 Pines pub at Newport on Tuesday 15 December from 6pm-10pm. 

Residents who visited those venues at the relevant times should get tested immediately and self-isolate until NSW Health provides further information. 

The four new locations joined a growing list of venues across the city linked to the COVID-19 outbreak from the northern beaches.

Anyone who ate at the Sunset Diner (pictured) at Avalon Beach on Friday December 11 from 6.30pm to 8pm is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately

Anyone who ate at the Sunset Diner (pictured) at Avalon Beach on Friday December 11 from 6.30pm to 8pm is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately

Patrons who attended the 4 Pines pub at Newport (pictured) on Tuesday 15 December from 6pm-10pm are considered a close contact for a COVID-19 case and should self isolate immediately

Patrons who attended the 4 Pines pub at Newport (pictured) on Tuesday 15 December from 6pm-10pm are considered a close contact for a COVID-19 case and should self isolate immediately 

Patrons of Cafe Relish (pictured) at Avalon Beach on December 17 from 10.30am to 11.30am are also considered a casual contact

Patrons of Cafe Relish (pictured) at Avalon Beach on December 17 from 10.30am to 11.30am are also considered a casual contact

Earlier on Saturday health authorities issued an alert for hundreds of gym-goers who attended Anytime Fitness in Avalon on December 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12. 

Only 24 hours earlier authorities were working to trace potential cases linked to venues in the inner city, eastern suburbs, north shore and south Sydney.

Infected residents strayed beyond the northern beaches to visit locations in Woolloomooloo, Eveleigh, Turramurra, Rosebery, Cronulla and Bondi Junction.

The rapid movement of COVID-19 across the harbour city sparked NSW Health to urge anyone state-wide with symptoms to get tested.  

The Northern Beaches outbreak grew to 38 cases on Saturday, prompting a hard lockdown for the 250,000 residents in the local area. 

Residents from the Spit Bridge to Palm Beach have been told to restrict their movements and stay home from 5pm Saturday to midnight on Wednesday.

A staff member takes a sample at a drive-through clinic at Avalon Beach on Saturday

A staff member takes a sample at a drive-through clinic at Avalon Beach on Saturday

‘Essentially, we will be going back to the restrictions that were in place back in March, just for the Northern Beaches, for the local government area of the Northern Beaches,’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

‘But we want to stress it is OK to go out and exercise, it is OK to go essential shopping, do not panic buy, please.

‘We’re going to put that health order in place until midnight, Wednesday, and that is to give others a chance to have a better Christmas.’

That means residents on the Northern Beaches will only be permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes such as for work, compassionate grounds, exercise or to go shopping. 

Pictured: Surfers enter the water at Manly Beach on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: Surfers enter the water at Manly Beach on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: Manly corso is seen completely deserted on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: Manly corso is seen completely deserted on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: A COVID-19 digital sign is seen while a person walks a dog on Manly beachfront on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: A COVID-19 digital sign is seen while a person walks a dog on Manly beachfront on December 19, 2020 in Sydney

Pictured: Cars drive past a COVID-19 alert sign on Mona Vale road at Belrose on Sydney's northern beaches, Saturday, December 19, 2020

Pictured: Cars drive past a COVID-19 alert sign on Mona Vale road at Belrose on Sydney’s northern beaches, Saturday, December 19, 2020

The outbreak in Sydney isn’t just affecting regulations in New South Wales.

Sydney Airport was flooded with packed with holidaymakers trying to flee the state on Friday before restrictions set in. 

State and territory governments across Australia also rushed to implement new safety rules to ensure the virus doesn’t spread beyond state lines. 

Every state and territory in Australia has introduced mandatory 14-day quarantine for travellers from the Northern Beaches hotspot. 

Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT have all banned anyone who visited the Northern Beaches (pictured) from December 11 from entering their state or territory

Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT have all banned anyone who visited the Northern Beaches (pictured) from December 11 from entering their state or territory

Long lines of passengers are seen trying to depart Sydney Domestic Airport on Friday. Those travelling to WA will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of if they return a negative result, destroying Christmas plans for many

Long lines of passengers are seen trying to depart Sydney Domestic Airport on Friday. Those travelling to WA will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of if they return a negative result, destroying Christmas plans for many

Holidaymakers wanting to visit Queensland from greater Sydney or the New South Wales Central Coast will need a permit from 1am on Saturday. 

Visitors will also need to get swab tested on arrival and must stay in isolation until the all-clear is given. 

The Victorian government has introduced a similar permit scheme to Queensland for anyone arriving from greater Sydney. 

But Western Australia took it one step further on Saturday, deciding to introduce a hard border once again.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced the tough stance at 5pm. 

In Western Australia the state government announced on Saturday night the 'difficult decision' to introduce a hard border as of midnight on Sunday December 20

In Western Australia the state government announced on Saturday night the ‘difficult decision’ to introduce a hard border as of midnight on Sunday December 20

‘Given the size of the Sydney outbreak and recent advice from this afternoon’s AHPCC meeting, our Acting Chief Health Officer has recommended that New South Wales now move from being a ‘low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state,’ he wrote.

From midnight on Sunday, December 20 – the hard border with New South Wales will be reinstated.

‘This is the highest rating of any state or territory – only Victoria, South Australia and NSW previously have been given this risk rating,’ he said.

‘I wish I didn’t have to be making this announcement. This has been a difficult decision to make, especially given the time of year.

Airline passengers wait in line to check in at Sydney's Kingsford Smith domestic airport. Many people are anticipating border closures and are trying to leave the city beforehand

Airline passengers wait in line to check in at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith domestic airport. Many people are anticipating border closures and are trying to leave the city beforehand 

‘But as Premier, I have a responsibility for every Western Australian and I need to do what is right to keep our State safe and strong.’

Anyone wanting to enter the state from New South Wales will require an exemption to gain entry.  

The Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania require all travellers from the Northern Beaches or other NSW hotspots to undergo mandatory quarantine. 

Tasmania have gone one step further announcing that anyone coming from the Greater Sydney area will now also have to go into hotel quarantine for 14-days.

In the Northern Territory and the ACT, no changes have been made for visitors coming from the Greater Sydney area and travellers remain free cross the border. 

NEW COVID-19 HOT SPOTS

Anyone who has attended the following venue is considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result:

– Sunset Diner, 41 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach: Friday 11 December, 6.30pm – 8pm

Anyone who attended the following venue at the below times is considered a casual contact and should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:

– Café Relish, 8/1 N Avalon Rd, Avalon Beach: Thursday 17 December, 10.30am – 11.30am

People who visited the following venues at the below times should get tested immediately and self-isolate until NSW Health provides further information:

– Fitness First Mona Vale, Pittwater Place Shopping Centre, 10 Park Street Mona Vale: Sunday 13 December, 2pm- 4pm and Monday 14 December, 10.30am – 12.30am and Wednesday 16 December, 8.30pm – 10pm

– 4 Pines, Newport, 313 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport: Tuesday 15 December, 6pm – 10pm 

 Source: NSW Health 

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