Mystery Covid case emerges in Bondi as new strict restrictions begin

A case of coronavirus in Sydney’s Bondi Beach with no known connection to the Northern Beaches cluster is expected to be among new cases announced by health authorities on Sunday.

NSW recorded nine new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, from almost 40,000 tests. Eight of those cases were connected to the 116-strong Northern Beaches cluster.

After a three-day reprieve for small indoor Christmas gatherings, the Northern Beaches has from Sunday returned to restrictions barring indoor gatherings.

Outdoor gatherings of up to five people on the northern end of the Northern Beaches are permissible, as well as outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people on the southern end of the Northern Beaches.

Two girls overlook Sydney Harbour.
NSW reverted to pre-Christmas restrictions on Sunday. Source: AAP

People may neither enter nor exit the local government area.

For the rest of Sydney as well as Wollongong, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains, 10-person private gathering restrictions again apply.

The rules for New Year's Eve will be announced on December 30.

More locations have been added to the list of spots visited by positive cases including gyms, cafes and pubs across Sydney.

Anyone who visited Cortex Gym in Alexandria on December 15 are considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate immediately, as well as people who visited Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate in Auburn on December 20 between 2.50pm and 4pm.

The same should apply to anyone who was at the Cronulla RSL on December 16 from 5pm until closing and Pilgrims Vegetarian Café in Cronulla on the same day between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Any staff working at Twenty-One Espresso in Double Bay on December 15, and patrons seated in the indoor section for more than one hour are considered close contacts and should be tested immediately.

For a full list of locations and times they were visited by a positive case, visit the NSW Health website.

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