COVID-19, northern beaches: Christmas hopes torn away as cluster spreads

FESTIVE FIZZER: The Christmas plans for Avalon man Dan Lecordier and his family, including Zac, 15 months, have been cancelled after they attended a venue where a COVID-19 case had been. Picture: Simon Bennett
FESTIVE FIZZER: The Christmas plans for Avalon man Dan Lecordier and his family, including Zac, 15 months, have been cancelled after they attended a venue where a COVID-19 case had been. Picture: Simon Bennett

THE Christmas hopes of the Lecordier family have been torn away as the northern beaches COVID-19 cluster continues to spread.

Five northern beaches people have tested positive to the virus in the past 24 hours, leaving residents on high alert and thousands rushing to get tested.

Visitors to seven venues across Avalon and Palm Beach have been told to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result.

One of those venues, Avalon Bowlo, is where Dan Lecordier and his family ate out at this week and now their Christmas plans have been cancelled.

"I heard about it [the positive cases] last night and the first thing I did was to think about all the places that I'd been to this week," he said.

Mr Lecordier, his wife Claire and their three young children will now be spending Christmas at their Avalon home alone, isolated and behind closed doors.

"We were going to have family over but not now because we've got to isolate for 14 days," he said.

The family were among many hundreds of people who flocked to Mona Vale Hospital's COVID-19 testing clinic on Thursday morning, and while they arrived at 9.30am long crowds meant they only got to the front of the queue at 1.30pm.

Mr Lecordier praised the government's check in system and said it worked to quickly track him down.

"They [NSW Health] called us this morning because we'd scanned in at the venue and they talked us through what we had to do," he said.

Mr Lecordier also praised staff at the COVID-19 testing clinic and said despite the family's long wait to get tested, staff were friendly and helpful handing out bottles of water, snacks and sunscreen.

Three northern beaches suburbs have been included on NSW Health's alert list for venues, and the full list of COVID-19 testing clinics can be found here.

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