Dozens of venues are on high alert and train passengers have been urged to monitor symptoms as Sydney’s northern beaches cluster continues to grow.
There were 17 confirmed cases of the virus by midnight Thursday, with that figure expected to grow as beachside residents flock to testing sites.
The list of venues with confirmed cases is growing, with major supermarkets, banks and a chemist now among them.
Those who have visited the following locations have been urged to get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result:
Woolworths Mona Vale, 25/29 Park St, Mona Vale, December 13, 12-12.30pm
Aldi Mona Vale, 13 Bungan St, Mona Vale, December 13, 12.45-1.30pm
Avalon Beach SLSC, December 13, 14 and 15, 9-9.30am
Palm Beach Rockpool, LOT 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, December 14, 9.30-10:30am
Woolworths Avalon, 74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, December 14 5-5.30pm
Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, December 14 5.20‑5.25pm
Commonwealth Bank, 47 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, December 15, 12-12.15pm
Mitre 10, 49 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, December 15, 12-12.20pm
Roof Racks World, 13/87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon, December 15, 2-2:30pm
HongFa BBQ Restaurant, Dee Why, December 15, 4.30-4.45pm
Dee Why Fruit Market, 33 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why, December 15, 4.45-4.55pm
North Avalon Cellars, 4/3 N Avalon Rd, Avalon Beach, December 15, 6-6.05pm
Careel Bay Dog Park and Hitchcock Park, Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon, December 16, 7‑7:30am
Palm Beach Pool, LOT 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, December 16, 8-9am
Brot and Wurst, 1442 Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen, December 16, 2-2:05pm
Avalon Beach Post Shop, 45 Avalon Parade, AvalonBeach, December 16, 3.30-3.50pm
A confirmed case also travelled on the train network on December 14. NSW Health said passengers are considered casual contacts and should get a test and isolate until they get a negative result.
Roseville to Redfern, 6.50-7.40am
Redfern to Milsons Point, 11.20-11.45am
Milsons Point to Roseville, 3.15-3.40pm
Three RSL clubs are also on high alert including one in the city’s west.
The health department said people who visited the venues are considered close contacts and need to get a test and isolate for 14 days.
Avalon RSL Club, December 11, all day until close
Penrith RSL Club, December 13, 1-6pm
Kirribilli Club, December 14, 12-3pm
Contact tracers are racing to determine the source of the infection, with early reports suggesting one of the RSL clubs may be the key.
On Thursday NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said it was “critical” to locate everyone that visited the Avalon RSL Club on December 11.
“Our working hypothesis is that someone at that RSL club was potentially the source of infection for a number of subsequent cases,” she said.
“So, it is critical that we identify any individuals that may be positive there.”
The news comes as it was revealed one positive case played the drums in a band who performed all around Sydney, spreading possible sites of infection across the city.
Several other sites were also listed earlier on Thursday. Anyone at the venues below must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Hungry Ghost Cafe, 20 Avalon Parade, Avalon – Sunday, December 13, 9.30-11am and Tuesday, December 15, 9.30-11am
Sneaky Grind Cafe, 3/48 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach, December 14, 9.30-11am Barramee
Thai Massage and Spa, 4/42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach, December 14, 2-3.30pm
Bangkok Sidewalk Restaurant, 1/21-23 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach, December 14, 7-8pm
Avalon Bowlo (bowling club), 4 Bowling Green Lane Avalon Beach, December 13, 5-7pm (not 3-5pm as previously reported) and Tuesday, December 15, 3-5pm
Palm Beach female change rooms, December 13, 9-9.15am
Coast Palm Beach Cafe, Barren Joey Road, Palm Beach, December 13, 10‑11am
There are also a number of spots where visitors at certain times have been advised to get tested and then self-isolate until a negative result is received. These include:
Bing Lee, Gateway, 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale, December 14, 4.30‑4.45pm
Woolworths Avalon Beach, 74 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach, December 13, 12-5pm, and Tuesday, December 15, 12-12.30pm
Oliver’s Pie, Careel Shopping Village, 1 Careel Head Rd, Avalon Beach, December 14, 9-9.15am
New pop-up testing clinics have been made available, along with a drive-through version at Avalon Bowling Club.
Meanwhile states have announced a series of changes to travel that could see some forced to quarantine over Christmas at their own expense.
The infections are NSW’s first cases of community transmission since December 3.