More than a thousand pub-goers have been asked to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 after another four people who attended the Crossroads Hotel in Casula tested positive for the virus on Sunday, bringing the total to nine.

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A gym a kilometre from the pub has also been closed after a member who worked at the Crossroads tested positive.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the community transmissions had put the state on "high alert" and "literally at a crossroads" in its fight against the pandemic. She said the next few weeks would be "absolutely critical" in preventing the COVID-19 cluster spreading beyond the south-west Sydney hot spot.

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