Restrictions for northern NSW as state records one new case

NSW has recorded just one new COVID-19 case overnight, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcing restrictions for four local government areas until the end of the Easter long weekend as a result.

Residents in Byron Bay, Ballina, Tweed and the Lismore shires will be restricted to a total of 30 guests in their homes over Easter, while hospitality venues have been told to resort to the four square metre rule, and standing will not be allowed by patrons.

“We’re not saying to business, ‘shut your doors’, what we’re saying is ‘keep your doors open but let’s be extra cautious’,” the Premier said.

Masks will also be a requirements for residents in those four local government areas – they will need to be worn when shopping or in hospitality venues and on public transport or in taxis/uber vehicles until the end of Easter.

“The person did attend at the same time, at the same venue of the hen’s party. The good news is that the person did take our advice and has got tested and has been in isolated,” the Premier said of the state’s newest positive case in Byron Bay.