Police are assisting NSW Health in closely monitoring the Lawson Street hostel to ensure 84 staff and guests abide by restrictions after an unvaccinated staff member tested positive, 9News has reported.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith took to Facebook late on Wednesday to notify the hostel had become a venue of concern.
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“I’m closely monitoring a situation in Byron Bay this evening where a positive COVID-19 case and 84 close contacts have been identified at Aquarius Backpackers,” she wrote.
“NSW Health have locked down the venue and all 84 people are in a 7 day lockdown in the premises and I’m told (are) being supported with food, health and support. 
She said police are closely watching the backpackers to ensure no guests leave the facility.
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“Police are monitoring compliance 24/7 over the next seven days.
“My thoughts are with everyone in that situation as it will be a tough time, and I will keep checking in to make sure that people are getting the support they need.”
A staff member at the Aquarius Backpackers confirmed the venue was in lockdown but refused to provide any further comment.
NSW recorded an increase in daily figures with 276 new COVID-19 cases with no deaths on Thursday.
Across the state, 94.4 per cent of eligible residents have received their first dose of a vaccine and 92.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The Byron Bay Local Government Area surpassed its 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate this week but continues to lag behind the state average.

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