Entire Westfield shopping centre included in 18 new Covid alerts

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A Sydney suburb has been hit with more than a dozen new Covid alerts just hours before it is due to be declared a hotspot by the Queensland Government.

NSW Health listed 18 new alerts on Friday evening for venues that were visited by an infected person. Sixteen of those alerts were in Bondi Junction, including the entire Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre.

“NSW Health is also now advising anyone who visited Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park) at the following times to get a COVID-19 test, even if they do not have any symptoms,” NSW Health said in a statement on Friday night.

A Westfield sign is displayed on the side of a shopping centre.
Westfield Bondi Junction is at the centre of a handful of new Covid alerts. Source: Reuters/File

The advice applies to visitors to the centre on the following days and times:

  • Saturday 12 June, 11am to 12pm

  • Sunday 13 June, 1pm to 2pm, and 4pm to 4.30pm

People with no symptoms do not need to isolate while waiting for their test result, the department confirmed.

Scroll down for the full list of venues

The influx of new locations comes as Queensland announced the Waverley Council Local Government Area would be deemed a hotspot from 1am on Saturday.

The LGA includes Bronte, Tamarama, Bondi, Dover Heights, Rose Bay, Queens Park, Bondi Junction, Vaucluse and Charing Cross.

The hotspot declaration means anyone who has been in these suburbs within the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they are a returning resident or have an essential purpose.

Those who are granted entry will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

The wearing of face masks on public transport has been made compulsory as health authorities scramble to contain the new COVID-19 outbreak. Source: AAP
The wearing of face masks on public transport has been made compulsory as health authorities scramble to contain the new COVID-19 outbreak. Source: AAP

New case in Sydney caused by ‘fleeting’ contact 

Mask use is again compulsory on Sydney's public transport after a man picked up COVID-19 from "fleeting exposure" with an infected shopper.

The man in his 50s caught the virus while shopping at Myer Bondi Junction on Saturday.

He was on the same floor in the same section as a limousine driver believed to be at the centre of this week's outbreak.

His symptoms began on Tuesday and he visited venues in Redfern, Newtown, Bondi Junction and Campbelltown while infectious.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said it appeared the limousine driver had passed on the Delta strain of the virus with just fleeting contact.

"This indicates that the initial case was highly infectious as transmission must have occurred through fleeting exposure," Dr Chant told reporters.

"(This is) noting that the person who caught the infection at the cafe was seated outside and there was no known (contact) with the initial case.”

As a result, mask usage is again compulsory on Sydney public transport for at least the next five days, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced.

Ms Berejiklian urged people who've been to venues on NSW's hotspot list "that you don't go away anywhere" as the number of people forced to isolate as a result of the Bondi Junction cluster climbed to more than 100.

New exposure sites in Sydney:

Close contact - Anyone who visited the following sites must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:

  • Tea Gardens Hotel - gaming room, Bondi Junction, Sunday 13 June, 5pm - 5.15pm

Casual contact - Anyone who has attended the following venues must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Myer Bondi Junction Level 2, Sunday 13 June, 10am - 10.30am

  • Tea Gardens Hotel - rest of venue outside gaming room, Bondi Junction, Sunday 13 June, 5pm - 5.15pm

  • Woolworths, Westfield Bondi Junction, Sunday 13 June, 4pm - 4.20pm

  • Woolworths, Westfield Bondi Junction, Monday 14 June, 2.15pm - 2.40pm

  • Eastgate Bondi Junction, ground floor food court, Monday 14 June, 11.15am - 11.25am

  • Aldi, Eastgate Bondi Junction, Monday 14 June, 11.20am - 11.50am

  • Bondi Junction Interchange Food Court, Tuesday 15 June, 3.05pm - 3.15pm

  • Ichiban Boshi, Bondi Junction, Wednesday 16 June, 11.40am - 12.15pm

  • Daiso, Oxford St Mall, Bondi Junction, Wednesday June 16, 12pm - 12.30pm

  • Mitre 10, Oxford St Mall, Bondi Junction, Wednesday 16 June, 12.15pm - 12.45pm

  • Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 5 food court, Sunday 13 June, 1.15pm - 1.45pm

  • Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, Sunday 13 June, 12.30pm - 1pm

Monitor for symptoms - If you have been to any of the following venues and symptoms occur, get tested immediately and self isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 4, Friday 11 June, 12.30pm - 1pm

  • Bondi Junction Interchange, Stand J, Tuesday 15 June, 4.10pm - 4.30pm

  • Sydney International Airport limousine car park, Tuesday 15 June, 6am - 7.30am

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