Police have broken up a party at North Bondi, fining 11 young people for failing to comply with COVID-19 rules.

It’s one of a number of breaches of gathering restrictions from the holiday period and comes as Sydney’s Avalon cluster tops 120 cases.

At least 40 people were at the party, with most running away when officers arrived just after 11pm on Boxing Day.

Two women and nine men were fined $1000 each for breaking COVID rules, which limit indoor gatherings to 10 visitors in greater Sydney.

A Newtown restaurant has also been fined $5000 after police attended on December 23 and learned the owner did not have a COVID-safe plan.

Police say there were 27 people too many inside and a crowd outside, and while officers gave the owner an opportunity to reduce the number of people inside, capacity was still exceeded.

NSW recorded seven new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, bringing the total in the Avalon cluster to about 122 cases.


One case, a firefighter who lives in the northern beaches, is still under investigation.

Health authorities are looking into a set of cases with links to the Belrose Hotel, where the firefighter attended on December 11.

A staff member at the pub was found last week to have had the infection early in December and a patron of the pub’s bottle shop also tested positive.

Authorities want anyone who attended the Belrose Hotel in December and experienced even mild symptoms to be tested.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged NSW residents on Sunday to keep getting tested to help inform decisions about New Year’s Eve and the first few weeks of January.

She promised a decision by Tuesday at the latest.