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 has been cordoned off from the public as police officers wearing 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.
‘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 in April of last year after a large group of people was 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’.
Dylan Tenbrink, manager of Noah’s Backpackers said he thought travellers had been unfairly targeted and blamed for the outbreak.
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.
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
‘[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.
The manager said young backpackers who lost their jobs amid the crisis were left with no income and nowhere to go.
More to come.