Health authorities announced a seven-day lockdown for the Byron, Tweed and Kempsey LGAs on Tuesday after a reality TV crew member, who flew from Sydney to Ballina on Saturday, was infectious in the community before testing positive to COVID-19.
NSW Police said inquiries revealed the 31-year-old woman had been granted an exemption to travel to the area for “work-related purposes only”.
“She allegedly attended several businesses and venues in Byron Bay and Kingscliff over the weekend, which was in breach of the conditions of her exemption,” a statement on Wednesday said.
“Further, she failed to check-in at those locations using the QR codes.”
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The woman’s move sparked anger among the northern NSW community, with state Liberal MP Catherine Cusack expressing her outrage over the actions from a “so-called ‘essential worker'”.
Asked at her Wednesday press conference whether residents had the right to get angry, the Premier responded, she clearly “did the wrong thing”.
“So they were there only to work but what they did was breach the health orders and went to multiple venues they weren’t allowed to go to and police advised this morning that that person’s been charged,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The system worked, it was people doing the wrong thing and I’m really glad the police have charged them.”
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Northern NSW Local Health District released a list of new COVID-hit venues after police revealed the woman had failed to use the QR code system.
The 31-year-old woman visited a Lismore jewellery store, a shopping mall and various cafes around the Byron Bay area.
Anyone who attended the following venues or boarded the Virgin Flight VA1141 on Saturday morning at the times listed is a close contact, must get tested and isolate for 14 days.
Byron, Kempsey, Tweed in lockdown over single COVID case

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