Bars and pubs have been required to close from 12 noon today.
Bars and pubs have been required to close from 12 noon today.

FULL LIST: What’s closed or changed due to COVID-19

UPDATE: 4.45pm Wednesday, March 26

THE end of the public pool season in the Byron Shire has been brought forward by one month.

Following the decision of the National Cabinet on last night, all pools across Australia are required to close from midnight tonight.

This is part of the nation's coronavirus (COVID-19) response. 

Byron Shire Council was operating the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby pools today, but they will both be closed from tomorrow onwards.




WITH a shutdown on "non-essential" services, bars and clubs across the Byron Shire have closed their doors.

Some are offering bottle shop services only while others have closed their doors completely.

We are doing our best to bring you the most updated information on all closures and changes.
If you have something to add to this list please email

SCHOOLS are open although the State Government has recommended parents keep their children home where possible.
Byron Shire's outdoor pools in Mullumbimby and Byron Bay remain open along with Sandhills Childcare Centre and the council's public toilets. 

Choux Choux Patisserie, Bangalow
This bakery is now offering deliveries for those who are in quarantine or self-isolating.
"Maybe you are avoiding the shops or you simply can't find what you need in the shops," the bakery's owners posted on Facebook. 
"We are currently taking orders for delivery tomorrow morning."
They're offering free delivering in Bangalow and surrounding areas for orders over $40.
Delivery is $10 for orders of less than $40. 
They're offering a selection of boxes to choose from, visit their Facebook page for more details. 

Community Halls
Council-run community halls are now closed.

Byron Shire Council has closed carparks at Main Beach and Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay.

Libraries across the Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed Shires who are part of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library network are currently closed.

Loan Goat Gallery, Byron Bay
This gallery, based in the same building as Byron Bay's library, is also closed. 

Cavanbah Centre
Byron Shire Council has said in an online statement: "because of the COVID-19 pandemic the Cavanbah Centre is closed until further notice".

Brunswick Heads Pharmacy
The pharmacy has implemented a system where the staff run in two separate teams.
Those teams will not interact with each other to help to safeguard the pharmacy, so if one team if required to go into isolation, the other can still function.
Weekday opening hours remain 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Extended Saturday opening hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm.

At Chemist Outlet on Jonson St in Byron Bay, there was a list of about 10 items that aren't available at all, including toilet paper, face marks, Ventolin and panadol. One person was allowed into the store as each person left.
At Chemist Outlet on Jonson St in Byron Bay, there was a list of about 10 items that aren't available at all, including toilet paper, face marks, Ventolin and panadol. One person was allowed into the store as each person left. Javier Encalada

Chemist Outlet
Byron Bay's Chemist Outlet on Jonson St was letting on customer in at a time, only as another person left. 
A sign detailed a whole range of things they do not have in stock, including Ventolin. 


OSushi, Byron Bay

This beloved sushi spot has announced its first unexpected closure in 16 years.
In a social media post, OSushi said Wednesday, March 18 was " a sad day".

"Apart from Christmas Day we have never been shut in our 16 years," the business said in the post.
"We take the health and safety of out community and employees very seriously and that is why we have made the heartbreaking decision to close.

"We will consider the option of home deliveries if government and health instructions will allow it.

"We are following all the advice of the government and health and safety board regulations as we get it.

"We understand this is an unprecedented event and as circumstances change we will adapt with our community."

The business extended thanks to their "amazing employees".

"You are our family and your kindness at this time speaks for itself," they said.

"And to our customers and community, thank you for your continued support.

"Please stay safe and stay kind."


Byron Bay Services Club
The services club is closed as of today.


Beach Hotel Byron Bay

This popular venue had been open for coffee this morning but will be closed.

The accommodation is remaining operational and the bottle shop will be open as well.


The Northern Hotel
From 12 noon today onwards, only the bottle shop will be operating.


Hotel Brunswick

"As we're sure you are all aware, all non essential businesses are to close in the next 48 hours.

"This is sad news for us, but it feels better knowing that these changes will help slow the spread and in turn save lives!

"We will be trading tomorrow as a bottle shop only and offering some really great specials... so make sure you swing by and stock up.

"We will be using this down time to get our creative juices flowing, so when the time comes to reopen we will have something spectacular in store for you all... #secretshow!"


Courthouse Restaurant, Mullumbimby
As with other hospitality venues, this restaurant has also closed its doors to customers today.

"We are however going to continue to offer takeaway through our drive-through bottle shop," the business said in a social media post.

"We will continue to offer this service as long as it's viable to do so."

Their menu is available here, phone through orders on 02 6684 1550 and they'll meet you in the drive through.


Chincogan Store
This store, on Burringbar St in Mullumbimby, has announced it is open and trading as usual.


Balcony Bar and Oyster Co
Closed as of today.


Billinudgel Hotel

This pub was closed as of midday today but is still serving takeaway alcohol (no food).


The Sticky Wicket Bar

This Byron Bay bar posted to social media on Thursday, days before the official shutdown order for non-essential services.
"At this time, we have made the decision to close our doors and cease operations until this public health crisis is resolved," the post read.

"It was not a decision we made lightly.

"However, we feel that the health of our staff, our customers, our families, and our broader community is the highest priority.

"By remaining open we are putting you at risk - and we are sending a signal to the public that social distancing and self-isolation are not necessary or should not be taken seriously."

"We feel strongly that extreme social distancing and ideally self-isolation is the right action for all of us to take at this time and we want to stand behind our beliefs, rather than wait for a directive that may come too late.

"Being proactive now is the right and responsible thing to do and it is our hope that acting now will help contribute to ending this crisis more quickly.

"We also hope that our decision to cease operations now will also set a precedent for other businesses in our community (and beyond) to take action now.

"We are incredibly grateful for the support of our customers and to our amazing crew of staff.

"We will keep in touch over the coming weeks with regard to our plans to reopen as soon as it is responsible to do so."

Ocean Shores Tavern

Ocean Shores Tavern posted to Facebook today to confirm they would be closed, although the bottle shop will be operating.

"Team Tav wishes to send out big love to all our customers and the community as we all bunker down to protect our health," they said.

"We are always in awe by the strength and support of this community in the face of adversity, flooding, bushfires, and rallying to fundraise for those in need.

"2020 has been one wild ride, and we will get through this."

The tavern will only have the bottle shop from today and will "be putting systems in place for home delivery".

"We will continue to do our best to be here for you with high vibes, just not high fives," they said.

The tavern had yesterday announced the suspension of all events yesterday and urged people to "rest up at home" and "keep washing our mitts".


St Elmo Dining Room and Bar

Also ahead of the official shutdown, Byron's St Elmo posted on Saturday that they would be closing for the time being.

"This is a temporary move, but one that we feel is absolutely necessary given the current situation we are in," they said in a post online.

"Not only is it not financially viable for us to remain operating at the moment, but morally, we don't want to play a part in the spreading of disease either. We are in a real catch 22 situation here.

"It's either income or health and safety that we compromise, and we could not carry the burden of having someone contaminated within our walls - staff or customers.

"Having done the math, takeaway and delivery is just not a viable option for our business, and there are many other amazing local businesses you can support who provide this option, and you should continue to support them as much as you can.

"We will continue to reassess the situation week to week, and as soon as it is safe for us to do so, we will re-open our doors."


Mullumbimby High School

As per the current statewide approach, Mullumbimby High School is still operating today.

In a letter to parents and carers, the school said classes would be operating today.
"More information will be provided on Monday about Tuesday onwards," the letter said.

Students or staff who are unwell should not attend school.

The school canteen is open, with a limited menu.


NAPLAN cancelled

The Education Council agreed on Friday not to proceed with NAPLAN 2020.
This will see the cancellation of online practise testing from March 23-April 9, online tests between May 12 and 22 and paper tests between May 12 and 15.


Woody's Surf Shack, Byron Bay

This popular Byron club made the call to close their doors before the Prime Minister announced "non-essential" businesses would be closing down

"It was not a decision we made lightly," they said in a social media post.

"However, we feel that the health of our staff, our customers, our families, and our broader community is the highest priority.

"By remaining open we are putting you at risk - and we are sending a signal to the public that social distancing and self-isolation are not necessary or should not be taken seriously.

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Mullumbimby Drill Hall

"For the safety of everyone involved with the theatre, last week the Theatre Company made the decision to cancel all performances until at least May when the situation will be reassessed.  This means there will be no Drill Hall Film Society screenings for at least March and April and the season of Switzerland has been postponed, hopefully to the same time in 2021.

"Following yesterday's announcement, that NSW will shutdown non-essential services over the next 24 hours, we have made the difficult decision to also halt all classes and other activities at the Drill Hall until further notice.

"We apologise to everyone affected.  At the moment we live in a rapidly changing world.

"Keep well and we will see you back at the Drill in better times."

Crystal Castle

"We are open! We are an open air venue with plenty of space for social distancing.

"Our cafe is now 100 per cnet takeaway, so you can enjoy your food and drinks on our new seating around the 10 acres of gardens."

Distillery goes to hand sanitiser

Don't worry about the shortage in the big shops; Lord Byron Distillery is selling hand sanitise.

In a post on social media, the distillery said things were "definitely not business as usual" but the distillery is remaining open for now, with "enhanced cleaning and operating procedures".

"As a local community, we can't fight Covid-19 if we don't have access to hand sanitiser," the post read.

"So to do our part, Lord Byron Distillery has stepped in to help.

"We are temporarily making hand sanitiser.

"We are doing this at cost and guarantee we do not make any profit from its production."

The hand sanitiser is naturally made and available at their cellar door,  Unit 7, 4 Banksia Drive in the Arts and Industrial Park, open Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm.