A coronavirus alert has been issued for anyone who attended the Bathurst 1000 motor race at the weekend after COVID-19 traces were found in the city’s sewage.
NSW Health is also urging Bathurst residents to get tested even if they have mild symptoms of the virus and to remain in isolation until their test results come back.
“NSW Health is urgently undertaking investigations, which include reviewing lists of all those known to have had the virus who attended or worked at the race,” it said on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, NSW Health wants people in southeastern Sydney to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 after a person who was in the area on October 15 tested positive.
Several venues have now been identified as places of potential exposure including Souths Juniors Club at Kingsford, Century 21 Dixon Real Estate, in Kingsford and The Shed Cafe at Royal Randwick Shopping Centre.
The alert comes as a swathe of COVID safe restrictions are being lifted on Friday.
Thirty people will be allowed to gather outdoors (up from 20), group bookings at hospitality venues will be extended from 10 to 30 people and up to 300 will be allowed at places of worship.
Staffing at gyms will also be relaxed, with a COVID safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.
From December, 300 guests will be allowed at weddings but only the bridal party will be allowed to dance.
It comes as NSW has recorded two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19—both linked to known clusters—while testing rates doubled overnight.
Almost 15,000 people heeded NSW Health’s plea for more people to get tested compared with just 7401 in the previous 24 hours.
Eight cases were diagnosed in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.