The state government placed Byron Tweed, Kempsey Lgas into a seven-day shutdown on Tuesday after a reality TV employee tested positive for COVID-19. It has also been revealed that celebrities are also getting involved.
According to NSW Health, the woman had travelled to Ballina on Virgin Flight 1141 from Sydney at 8.45am on Saturday and contracted the infection in the Byron, Ballina and Tweed areas over the weekend and Monday. NSW Police said they were investigating the women’s movements at a number of retail and restaurant establishments listed as exposed locations. The woman was vaccinated, registered as a worker and subjected to a rapid antigen test (PCR) for her positive result, ITV Studios Australia said in a statement.
The closure has sparked anger among locals, with Liberal MP Catherine Cusack calling for Health Minister Brad Hazzard to resign amid the controversy. State rules allowing workers to travel outside of Greater Sydney have been followed in the state, but the rules of staying at home allow them not to work.