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Two Byron Bay venues are put on alert after Covid-infected nurse travelled to the holiday hotspot

Two busy venues in Byron Bay have been put on alert after a nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward and her sister visited the tourist hotspot from Brisbane.

The siblings were in the northern New South Wales holiday destination between March 25 and 28 while they were infectious, before they tested positive to the virus.

NSW Health officials confirmed on Monday morning that they visited The Farm Byron Bay on March 28 between 8am and 9.30am. 

They also went to The Farm Byron Bay on March 26 between 7.15pm and 8.30pm.

BYRON BAY COVID-19 CASES:

Two sisters with Covid-19 visited Byron Bay between March 25 and 28.

Anyone who was at the following locations has been told to get tested and self isolate:

- Byron Beach Hotel, 1 Bay St, Byron Bay on Friday March 26 between 7.15pm-8.30pm.

- The Farm Byron Bay, 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale on Sunday March 28 between 8am-9.30am.

Source: NSW Health 

Anyone who was at either location during the specified times has been told to get tested immediately and self-isolate.

Testing centres will be set up in Byron Bay.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the infections were reported late on Sunday night.

'We will have to wait for genome sequencing results that we should get back late together or tomorrow morning which will make it clear,' Ms Young said.

'Her sister is also positive and we are not sure whether the transmission has happened there.'

The women were among four new locally-acquired cases reported by the Queensland on Monday morning.

Three of the new cases are close contacts of existing or historical cases but those infected may have been out in the community - raising the risk more transmission may have occurred. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said six other cases were found in hotel quarantine. 

More to come 

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