Two new cases of COVID-19 have forced the closure of a popular inner-city Sydney restaurant and two pubs, with anyone who attended the venues urged to immediately isolate.

NSW Health on Monday night confirmed a staff member at The Apollo in Potts Point tested positive for the virus.

They urged anyone who visited the Greek restaurant between Thursday July 23 and Saturday July 25 to self-isolate until 14 days after their visit.

The department is also encouraging anyone who lives in or has visited Potts Point in the past two weeks to get tested if they have any symptoms.

Meanwhile, a person who attended two pubs in Sydney’s southwest while infectious has now tested positive.

NSW Health is urging staff and visitors to Mounties in Mount Prichard on July 24 and 25, and Prichard’s Hotel in the same suburb on July 23, to isolate for 14 days and get tested if they have any symptoms.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters the coming weeks were critical for managing the spread of the virus and urged the public to remain vigilant.

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Seventeen new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the state on Monday.

“NSW given the circumstances is holding the line and doing ok but we are still on high alert,” she told reporters on Monday.

The premier said there had been an improvement in business safety practices since new virus measures were introduced on Friday, but said police and compliance officers would continue to monitor the situation.

Police on Monday fined six Illawarra venues for alleged breaches of public health orders and licensing regulations.

They include a venue on the Princes Highway in Figtree, where police found a large number of people standing together and drinking in groups on Saturday afternoon.

The state’s Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said there are 101 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health.

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Five people are in intensive care, with 90 per cent of cases in out-of-hospital care.

AAP