Bondi backpacker hostel is locked down due to a Covid outbreak with police taping off the building
- Noah’s Backpackers Hostel has been locked down due to a Covid outbreakP
- Accommodation at Bondi in Sydney’s east has been cordoned off with tape
- It is unknown how many guests are inside or how many have tested positive
- NSW recorded 420 new cases on Thursday with the Omicron cluster at 42
A popular backpacker hostel has been plunged into a lock down due to a Covid outbreak as police are seen taping off the building.
Noah’s Backpackers Hostel at Bondi Beach in Sydney’s east has been cordoned off from the public as officers in blue protective scrubs monitor the entrance.
At this stage it is not known how many people are staying at the accommodation or how many people have tested positive to the virus.
It is also unknown if any cases at the Campbell Parade hostel have been linked to the Omicron strain of Covid-19.
‘NSW Police has been requested to assist at a backpackers hostel at Bondi,’ a spokesperson said.
‘Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command are currently on site.’
Noah’s Backpackers Hostel has been cordoned off from the public as police officers wearing blue protective scrubs monitor the entrance (pictured)
At this stage it is not known how many people are staying at the Bondi accommodation or how many people have tested positive to the virus (pictured, police officers at the scene)
It comes after the Bondi hostel was closed down for the first time in April 2020 after a large group of people were seen mingling on a rooftop balcony.
Guests were seen flouting distancing practices and stay-at-home measures in the midst of lockdown in which Bondi considered the epicentre of the outbreak.
A cluster of cases in the affluent suburb were spread after a series of parties and gatherings in the area with pop-up testing sites set up.
NSW Health warned health care workers testing people in Bondi at the time to be cautious of ‘infected backpackers’.
However Dylan Tenbrink, manager at Noah’s Backpackers said he thought travellers had been unfairly targeted and blamed for the outbreak.
Noah’s Backpackers Hostel in Bondi was slammed after guests on a balcony were seen flouting distancing practices (photo of guests at Noah’s Backpackers Hostel before the Covid crisis)
Dylan Tenbrink, manager of the accommodation said he thought travellers had been unfairly targeted and blamed for the outbreak in April last year
Having let go of 50 staff members he ‘considered family’ after social distancing made it ‘impossible’ to continue operating, Mr Tenbrick was concerned backpackers were more likely to spread the virus with the hostel closed.
‘[The scrutiny] has really targeted the backpacker community which has led to people going to work and … they’ve been fired,’ he told the ABC at the time.
He said travellers choose to live in hostels because they’re cleaned and enforce physical distancing.
NSW recorded 420 new Covid cases on Thursday as the number of people diagnosed with the Omicron variant of the virus skyrockets to 42.
Eight of the new cases were the mutant strain of the virus.
A trivia night at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham on November 30 has sparked a new cluster of cases with 44 attendees testing positive for Covid.
A trivia night at the Oxford Tavern in Petersham (pictured) on November 30 has sparked a new cluster of cases with 44 attendees testing positive for Covid
NSW recorded 420 new Covid cases on Thursday as the number of people diagnosed with the Omicron variant of the virus skyrockets to 42 (pictured, tourists in Bondi in March 2020)
Anyone who attended the pub trivia is considered a close contact and has been urged by health authorities to get tested immediately and self-isolate.
Fully vaccinated patrons can come out of isolation if they test negative on or after December 6, but will need to have another test on Sunday.
NSW Health is scrambling to track down 140 people who signed into a Cadman Cruise on Sydney Harbour on Friday night.
Five cases of the virus have been traced back to the event with at least two suspected to involve the Omicron variant.
Across the state 93 per cent of adults are fully vaccinated against the virus with the first dose tally for people 16 and older standing at 94.7 per cent.