NSW has recorded its second virus-free day in a row after a case was diagnosed in Byron Bay earlier in the week.
The news comes after a call was made by the health department to cancel Byron Bay Bluesfest after infectious Queenslanders visited the popular holiday spot.
More than a dozen venues are listed as exposure sites and there were concerns the festival would be a superspreader event.
A popular pub is among the businesses on alert, with updated advice on Friday forcing patrons of the Byron Bay Park Hotel/Motel (pub and restaurant) into isolation.
Anyone who was at the bar on March 28 between 1.45pm and 2.10pm must get tested and isolate for two weeks regardless of a negative result.
Anyone else who was at the establishment during that time frame are considered casual contacts and should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Another new alert has been released for a local shopping centre and bakery.
Those at the Suffolk Park Bakery on March 27 between 12.45pm and 1.15pm, as well as between 2.45pm and 3.15pm, are casual contacts and the same goes for anyone at the bakery and Suffolk Park Shopping Centre Plaza between 10.30am and 11.45am on March 28.
The good news came just minutes after the Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said health authorities in the sunny state believe they have solved the mystery connection between the two Brisbane clusters which triggered a snap lockdown.
Queensland reported one new locally acquired case on Friday – a historical infection of a nurse who worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
It is assumed this nurse was infected by the same returning traveller being treated at the Brisbane hospital as the original infection in a doctor on March 10.
This nurse did not fall ill, but passed the deadly virus on to her partner who then became the source of the cluster which spread across Brisbane’s inner north.
It is welcome news for those looking to travel over the holiday break, as Brisbane’s hotspot status was triggered last week by the unlinked cases.
On Thursday Gladys Berejiklian gave the green light to Easter travel, but urged people to avoid hot spots.
There were more than 20,000 tests undertaken in NSW in the last 24-hour reporting period.
NSW Health has administered more than 124,000 vaccinations so far, deputy chief health officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said while delivering Friday’s update.
“NSW Health thanks the community, particularly those in northern NSW, for coming forward in large numbers for testing, as this is critical to detect and stop transmission of the virus,” he added.