Masks will be mandatory on public transport in Sydney for the next five days after a new local COVID 19 case was linked to the cluster in the city’s east.
The new case is a man, aged in his 50s, who attended Myer at Westfield Bondi Junction and had “a very fleeting contact” with an infected limousine driver, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
The mask requirement for public transport will begin from 4pm today.
Ms Berejiklian said the mask change was the only new compulsory coronavirus restriction in Sydney.
“Some people might be at work, doesn’t take much to get a mask,” she said.
“Please make sure you do that and follow the other advice we have given you this morning, especially in and around the Eastern Suburbs.
“For the next five days, we want everybody to wear masks on public transport to make sure that if the virus is circulating it doesn’t spread on public transport.
“In relation to people who are currently deemed to be casual contacts, if you attended a venue which is on the health list, we strongly recommend that you don’t go away anywhere.
“If you go to an indoor venue you wear a mask, whether it is a cinema, hospitality or front-line hospitality workers.
“It is not compulsory but we are recommending that especially if you cannot guarantee social distancing.”
The new advice from NSW Health for Sydney and Blue Mountains includes:
- Avoid non-essential visits to aged care and disability facilities, but if visiting, wear a mask and limit visits to two people per day
- Masks will be mandatory on public transport from 4pm today
- Masks are strongly encouraged in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff.
New venues on alert after case
The new coronavirus case in Sydney visited venues all over Sydney, including Redfern, Newtown, Bondi Junction and Campbelltown.
The man caught a train from Bondi Junction to Campbelltown, and was also on a train from Newtown to Bondi Junction.
The new venues include:
- Campbelltown: The Alkalizer, Campbelltown Council Building, 91 Queen Street, Tuesday 15 June, 9am to 10am
- Newtown: Adora Handmade Chocolates, 2/325 King Street, Sunday 13 June, 2pm to 3.30pm
- North Sydney: Greenwood Grocer, Greenwood Plaza Lower Level, 71/36 Blue Street, Tuesday 15 June, 5pm to 5.20pm
- Redfern: The Twisted Olive, 684 Bourke Street – Sunday 13 June, 12.20pm to 1.30pm
Cafe case’s close contacts negative
Yesterday’s previously reported case who caught the virus from the Belle Café in Vaucluse has been matched via genomic sequencing to the limousine driver who sparked the outbreak.
“This indicates that the initial case was highly infectious, as transmission must have occurred through fleeting exposure,” Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.
“The infection at the cafe was seated outside.
“Obviously we cannot rule out that there was some crossover when they were ordering or other things.”
The “next ring” of close contacts of a coronavirus-infected woman who caught the disease at a Vaucluse café have tested negative.
“If we see those next ring is becoming positive before we get to them, that raises a concern because it means we are chasing our tails,” Dr Chant said.
“That is an indicator of risk.”
Casual or close contacts of coronavirus cases in Sydney have been asked not to go to aged care facilities or hospitals unless there is a risk assessment done.
Health authorities are sorting through CCTV at Myer in Westfield Bondi Junction to see how the infected limousine driver passed on the virus to another man.
“At the moment they have placed him in the same floor in the same section of Myer,” Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.
“They have asked for further CCTV footage to see if there is inadvertent passing.
“At the moment we don’t know the nature of the contact.”
She noted the Delta strain of the coronavirus, which the driver has, is more infectious than most coronavirus variants.