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There’s a nervous wait to see how much Sydney’s Northern Beaches group will grow today, as the outbreak threatens to cause a Christmas crisis as cases rise.

Vacation plans are in chaos with states and territories slamming their doors to Northern Beaches residents, and NSW Health has put residents across the state on high alert to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19.
The Spit Bridge serves as the gateway to the northern beaches and is normally busy at all times of the day.
The Spit Bridge serves as the gateway to the northern beaches and is normally busy at all times of the day. (9News)

“If we find out that we are not overcoming the virus, we will have to consider more measures, I hope they do not come to that,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday.

“The more we work together, the better Christmas we’ll have.”

Those on the northern beaches who weren’t isolated yesterday were lined up at their nearest COVID clinic – the barrage of tests will reveal how successful authorities have been in containing the group amid fears that it has already spread further through Australia’s largest city, as the list of places linked to known cases grows.

“Anyone in the state with the mildest symptoms such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, or runny nose, is asked to report immediately for testing and then isolate themselves until a negative result is received.” NSW Health said yesterday.

The prime minister said she will wait another 24 to 48 hours before changing any restrictions, and said she did not want to toughen anything before Christmas. (Nine)

Stay home, wear a mask

Berejiklian said the weekend will be crucial in deciding whether any restrictions need to be changed, despite his reluctance to tighten up before Christmas.

“But I also want to emphasize that we do not want to be in a position just before Christmas of having to restrict the easing of the restrictions that we have implemented a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

“I know from the overnight testing regimen, but also from the behavior of people today, especially in Avalon and the North Beaches, that people are following our advice and listening to the health messages.

“But if we feel that this is not enough and we feel that the number of cases is increasing to a point that we are not comfortable with, we will take further action in and around the Northern Beaches community and perhaps even Greater Sydney if I feel that the risk is there, “said the prime minister.

All beaches from The Spit to Palm Beach have been closed, and Berejiklian said people should also wear masks in supermarkets, places of worship and other indoor areas.

“No one should get on public transport without a mask. It would be crazy not to do this,” he said.

Situations in which the use of masks is not expected include:

  • In your house
  • Babies or young children who cannot tolerate the use of masks
  • Where a relevant medical condition exists

NSW Health said that it is currently only an advisory measure rather than mandatory regulation, but that it will continue to monitor the situation.

The usually bustling Manly Wharf area is deserted.
The usually bustling Manly Wharf area is deserted. (9News)

Places linked to confirmed cases grow

Anyone who has been to the locations below during these times should immediately isolate themselves for 14 days and get tested. They must remain isolated regardless of the outcome.

  • Hair by Erika, Village Shopping Center Lane Cove, December 11, 3.30-5pm
  • Rusti Fig Café Newport, Dec. 12, 9-10 a.m. M.
  • Turramurra Hairdressing Salon, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and December 16, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Close and casual contacts:

  • Sienna Marina, 7-41 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomoolo, December 11, 12-2am. (Anyone who has spent an hour or more in the restaurant at this time should be tested and isolated until December 25. Other customers should monitor for symptoms and isolate and be tested immediately if symptoms appear).
  • Pilgrims Vegetarian Café, 97 Gerrale St, Cronulla, December 16 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Anyone who has been in the cafe during this time for an hour or more should be tested immediately and isolate themselves until December 30. Other clients should monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they appear.)
  • Cronulla RSL Club, 38 Gerrale St, Cronulla on December 16, 5:00 p.m. until close. (Anyone in the RSL at this time should be tested and isolated until further notice. Close contacts should be isolated by December 30).

People who have visited the following locations are casual contacts and should be tested immediately and isolated until they receive a negative result:

  • Coles Newport, December 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and December 12, from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Hills Florist, Terrey Hills, Dec 12, 8-8.45 am – NSW Health has contacted close contacts directly
  • Restaurant Lovat, Newport, December 12, 2:15 PM to 10:25 PM and 4:30 PM to 4:15 PM
  • Nourished Wholefood Café, Avalon, Dec. 12, 7.30-7.40 a.m. M.
  • RAN Sailing Association Darling Point, Navy Bear Café and Christmas Party, December 13, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Sabiang Thai Restaurant, 4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, December 13, 6-8 p.m.
  • Seven West Media Building, 8 Central Ave, Eveleigh, December 14, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. M.
  • Mentmore and Morley Café and Public Restrooms, 55 Mentmore Ave, Roseberry, December 14 10 am-3pm
  • Harris Farm, Mona Vale Plaza, December 14, 11-11.10 a.m. M.
  • Paris Seafood Café, 136 Cronulla, December 15, 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Cronulla Mall, December 15, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and December 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Blend @ Grantham Café, Riverstone, December 16 11-11.45 am
  • Westfield Bondi Junction, December 15, 1-2.30 pm
  • Forest Way Fruit Market, 2 Myoora St, Terrey Hills, December 16, 4-4.10pm

The confirmed cases traveled in the following transport services. Other passengers are considered casual contacts and should be tested and isolated until a negative result is received.

  • Palm Beach to Wagstaffe Ferry, Dec 16, 6:15 PM to 6:15 PM
  • Forest Coach Lines buses between Forestville and the CBD
    • Route 273, December 15, departs Jamieson Square, Forestville, 7.10am and arrives at QVB, 8am
    • Route 271, December 15, departing QVB at 5.25pm ​​and arriving at Austlink Business Park Belrose at 6.28pm
    • Route 273, December 16, departs Jamieson Square, Forestville at 7.10am and arrives at QVB, CBD, at 8am
    • Route 271, December 16, departing QVB at 5.25pm ​​and arriving at Austlink Business Park Belrose, 6.28pm
Long queues at Mona Vale COVID clinic after two cases were detected in Avalon. (Nick Moir)
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