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Byron Bay COVID case threatens border bubble with northern NSW



Increased border restrictions will be reinstated for the local government areas of Byron Bay and Tweed, as a COVID-19 case is detected in Byron Bay.

Byron and Tweed LGAs will become part of the restricted New South Wales border zone from 1am, Wednesday, September 22.

The NSW government has issued stay-at-home orders to be enforced across the Kempsey, Byron Shire and Tweed local government areas from 5pm Tuesday.

It comes after a single COVID-19 case was reported in Byron Bay.


An infected person travelled from Sydney – with a permit – and, while initially tested negative, they then tested positive.

Border zone residents who have been to Byron and Tweed LGAs will only be allowed into Queensland for limited essential purposes.

Queensland residents may only return to Queensland if they have entered a restricted area for limited essential purposes.

Those entering Queensland from a non-restricted LGA, who must travel through a restricted LGA, can do so if they travel, without stopping, using private transport for no more than two hours.

To enter Queensland from an LGA within the border zone you must:

- complete a Queensland entry pass

- get tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms after arriving in Queensland

- monitor the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a declaration and for 14 days after arriving in Queensland

- comply with face mask requirements.

- Anyone who is currently in Queensland but has visited the area in the past 14 days should get tested if they have symptoms and isolate until they receive a negative result.

For more information about the border restrictions, visit

New exposure sites at Brisbane Airport

A public health alert has been issued for contact tracing locations at the Brisbane Domestic Airport after a previously confirmed positive case transited from New South Wales to the Northern Territory, via Brisbane.

The case was infectious on the flight to Brisbane, a flight from Brisbane to Northern Territory and while within the airport on September 17.


Queenslanders are being reminded to regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice, as there may be more locations.

Contact tracing venues can be found at




Queensland has recorded zero new community cases as eyes turn to the state's border bubble after a COVID case was identified in Byron Bay.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, speaking from Bundaberg, says she will wait to see what information the NSW government provides at its 11am press conference before any changes are made.

It comes as the state pushes past 60 per cent first dose vaccination as a result of super Pfizer weekend while 41.76 per cent of Queenslanders are fully vaccinated.

In the past 24 hours, 20,512 vaccines have been administered.


Ms Palaszczuk also urged people to get vaccinated and not trust misinformation on social media.

“Do not listen to misinformation on Facebook or social media,” she says.

“Go and see your doctor or come to one of our vaccination hubs.”

There was one case in hotel quaranatine. 


Image: Annastacia Palaszczuk Twitter