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New Zealand gives the green light for travel with New South Wales after Covid scare in Sydney

Flights between New Zealand and New South Wales will be back on after two positive Covid cases in Sydney put a temporary halt on the trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Planes will be permitted to touch down in New Zealand from 9:59pm (AEST) on Sunday, meaning Australians headed to the land of the long white cloud will not have to undergo hotel quarantine.

But the Kiwi government has warned that anyone who has been to venues listed as Covid hotspots by NSW Health within the past 14 days at the specified times, will not be allowed to enter the country. 

Flights between New Zealand and New South Wales will be back on after two positive cases in Sydney put a temporary halt on the trans-Tasman travel bubble. Pictured a family reunites at Wellington Airport on April 18, 2021

Planes will be permitted to touch down in New Zealand from 9:59pm (AEST) on Sunday. Pictured: A Qantas Airbus A330 aircraft takes off destined for Sydney next to an Air New Zealand plane

The travel pause announced on Thursday came as NSW was scrambling to contain a potential outbreak.  

A man in his 50s from Sydney's east tested positive for Covid on Wednesday and his wife, also in her 50s, was confirmed to have the virus on Thursday.  

But since then no new community transmission cases have been recorded in the state.

NZ Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said he is now satisfied the outbreak is under control. 

'There has been close liaison between the health agencies,' he said.

'The two community cases in Sydney are contained and there is no evidence of widespread undetected community transmission.'

But in order to stay on top of a potential cross-border outbreak, NZ health authorities will be screening passengers to make sure they haven't attended any of Sydney's Covid hotspots.

'Airlines and border officials will be asking people to declare whether they have been at one of the locations of interest,' a New Zealand government statement said.

'If you have, you will not be able to travel from NSW, or any border in Australia, to New Zealand.'

The travel pause announced on Thursday came as NSW was scrambling to contain a potential outbreak. Pictured a family takes photos in Sydney before heading to NZ on April 19

 NZ health authorities will be screening passengers to make sure they haven't attended any of Sydney's Covid hotspot venues. Pictured: Sydney Airport

Despite the success of NSW containing the virus, contact tracers are still frantically hunting for a 'missing link' in the infection chain. 

The couple's transmission was tracked - using genomic testing - to a returned traveller from the U.S. who contracted an Indian variant of the virus.

The returned traveller was taken from hotel quarantine to special health accommodation after testing positive, but it remains a mystery how he came into contact with the eastern suburbs man. 

Following the two positive cases, Covid restrictions were re-introduced for three days in Greater Sydney, with the return of compulsory masks and visitors in homes limited to 20 people.

Revellers in bars must also be seated and just two visitors will be allowed for residents in aged care homes.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterated businesses should remain open over the Mother's Day weekend.

There has been close liaison between the health agencies and now NSW and NZ are satisfied  the outbreak is under control. Pictured: NSW Premier  Gladys Berejiklian (left) and NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right)

'We know for sure that someone with the virus has been moving around the community and doesn't know they have it... they may have infected many other people... so what we are doing is a precautionary response,' she said on Thursday.

'Unlike other premiers, we are not shutting down the city.'        

It is the second time the trans-Tasman travel bubble has been suspended between an Australian state and NZ since it came in on April 19.

Last week NZ took similar action against Western Australia after a Covid case breached the state's quarantine system.  

Flights between NZ and Western Australian have now resumed with no quarantine requirements.

SYDNEY VENUES ON ALERT 

Anyone who attended one of the following venues at the times specified is asked to immediately get tested and isolate until NSW Health provides further information.    

Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, Sydenham Road Brookvale

SMITH MADE, 14/28 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah 

 District Brasserie, 2 Chifley Square in Sydney

HineSight Optometrist, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - P2/61-101 Philip Street in Sydney

Friday April 30, 12pm - 1pm

Barbetta, 2 Elizabeth Street in Paddington 

Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, screening of The Courier

Friday April 30, 6pm – 8pm

Figo Restaurant, 3/56-60A Bayswater Road in Rushcutters Bay 

Friday April 30, 8.45pm – 11pm

Joe's Barbeques & Heating, 142 Silverwater Road in Silverwater

Saturday May 1, 1pm –1.45pm

Tucker Barbecues, 138 Silverwater Road in Silverwater

Saturday May 1, 1pm – 1.45pm

Barbeques Galore, G1/212-220 Parramatta Road in Annandale

Saturday May 1, 2pm – 3pm

Barbeques Galore, The Crossroads, Unit 12B, Parkers Farm Place in Casula

Saturday May 1, 4pm – 5pm

BP Mascot, 1077 Botany Road in Mascot

Saturday May 1, 4.30pm – 5pm

The Meat Store, 262 Oxford Street in Bondi Junction

Sunday May 2, 3pm – 4pm 

The Stadium Club, Moore Park - Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road

Monday May 3, 11.30am - 12.30pm 

Azure Cafe, Moore Park - Entertainment Quarter, Shop 5a 

Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm

The Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay 

Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm

Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, 8/52-54 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale

Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm 

Alfresco Emporium, 2021 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy 

Tuesday May 4, 1pm - 1.30pm

Smith Made, 14/28 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah

Tuesday May 4, 2.30pm - 4pm 

Chemist Warehouse, 459-463 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Tuesday May 4, 3.45pm - 4pm

Woolworths, Kiaora Lane and Kiaora Road, Double Bay

Tuesday May 4, 4.05pm - 4.15pm    

Monday, May 3, 10.45am - 11am 

Fratelli Fresh, Sydney

Tuesday, April 27, 1.15pm - 2.15pm 

XOPP, Haymarket 

Wednesday, April 28, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Trattoria, Bondi

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