Aquarius backpackers are locked due to the Byron Bay positive covid case

Police Outside Aquarius Backpacker In Byron Bay On Wednesday.
Police outside Aquarius backpacker in Byron Bay on Wednesday.

All guests and staff at a popular Byron Bay hostel have been locked in a seven-day lockout, while police are patrolling the entrance after a positive case of covid 1 was found at the scene.

After identifying positive cases and 84 close contacts, including guests, staff and visitors, police are assisting NSW health officials to monitor the Aquarius Backpackers Hostel.

The affected 84 people are ready to lock up for the next seven days at the Backpacker Complex, located in the busy Byron Bay St., a short walk from the main beach.

After Identifying Positive Cases And 84 Close Contacts Involving Guests, Staff And Visitors, Police Are Assisting Nsw Health Officials To Monitor The Aquarius Backpackers Hostel.
After identifying positive cases and 84 close contacts involving guests, staff and visitors, police are assisting NSW health officials to monitor the Aquarius Backpackers Hostel.

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Balina MP Tamara Smith confirmed on Facebook late Wednesday that Aquarius backpackers were a matter of concern.

“I am closely monitoring the situation in Byron Bay this evening where a positive Covid-19 case and 84 close contacts in Aquarius backpackers have been identified,” Ms Smith wrote.

“NSW Health has closed the location and all 84 people have been locked up on campus for seven days and I have been told to be assisted with food, health and support.”

Ms Smith said police were monitoring the situation.

“My thoughts are with everyone in that situation because it will be a difficult time, and I will keep checking to make sure people are getting the help they need,” she wrote.

The news comes as thousands of HSC students flock to the coastal city for school.

With 16 flights a day landing in the area, Ms Smith said further spread of the virus would be “catastrophic”.

Byron Base has one of the lowest vaccination rates on the NSW, with businesses still rising after two lockdowns in August and September.

Ferri Lauren

Sydney

Lauren Ferri is a journalist for the Macarthur Chronicle covering everything from research and court, crime, council and development to health, local politics and education in southwest Sydney.

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