Another two Sydney pubs have closed after infected customers visited the establishments multiple times, as the city’s coronavirus cluster continues to spread.
Wests League Club at Leumeah, near Campbelltown in the city’s south-west, was informed by NSW Health on Tuesday evening that a patron had received a positive COVID-19 test.
The person visited the club twice, the first visit at 8pm Friday and the second on Sunday between midnight and 2.30am.
The club took to Facebook on Wednesday morning to advise patrons of the news.
Wests League Club closed from 11.30pm on Tuesday for a deep clean and is due to reopen at midday.
Wests League Club (pictured) at Leumeah, near Campbelltown in the city’s south-west, was informed by NSW Health on Tuesday evening that a patron had received a positive COVID-19 test
NSW has ramped up its testing after an outbreak at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula (pictured: A nurse administering COVID-19 tests to people in their cars)
‘By the time that we re-open, there will have been over 100+ man hours of cleaning and sanitising from additional staff and contractors to ensure that our Club is cleaner than it has ever been,’ the club wrote.
‘We are very committed to the safety of our staff, customers, and wider community and will continue to operate under the advice which NSW Health has provided to us.’
Anyone who visited the club on those dates is being urged to remain alert for coronavirus symptoms and get tested if they feel unwell.
A nearby venue in Campbelltown, The Macarthur Tavern, was also told by NSW Health a patron who tested positive for coronavirus was at the pub.
‘The patron was in our venue on Saturday the 11th July between 9pm and 12 midnight,’ the venue wrote on Facebook.
‘We are working closely with NSW Health on this case. Our patron’s safety is of utmost concern during these difficult times.
‘We have had strict procedures in place to prevent and control the spread of this virus and these procedures will continue to be put into action.’
A nearby venue in Campbelltown, The Macarthur Tavern (pictured), was also told by NSW Health a patron who tested positive for coronavirus was at the pub
The pub has closed for a deep clean on Wednesday but is set to open again after 3pm.
A popular burger joint, a pizza restaurant and a Woolworths store in New South Wales were all forced to temporarily close after being hit with coronavirus cases.
Store owners of Milky Lane in Parramatta were contacted by NSW Health on Tuesday after a customer tested positive for the illness.
The customer visited the store on Saturday. All customers at the store on that day have been notified, the company said on Facebook.
The store was closed for cleaning and all staff have been tested for the virus.
NSW Health are investigating a potential new cluster after a coronavirus-positive man spent an hour at Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield, in Sydney’s southwest, on Friday
It comes as Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield, in Sydney’s south-west, was forced to close for three days for cleaning after an infected man dined at the restaurant on Friday.
NSW Health are now investigating the potential new cluster that could be forming and has been contacting customers who were at the venue on the same day.
A Woolworths store in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, 110km southwest of Sydney, has also been forced to close for cleaning after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.
The store said the employee worked on Sunday but did not show any symptoms when they were at work.
Any customers who shopped at the store on the day have been urged to make contact with NSW Health should they feel unwell.
A Woolworths store in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, 110km southwest of Sydney, has been forced to close for cleaning after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19
Pictured: The Sydney venues feared to be at the centre of COVID-19 outbreaks
The new cases come as fears grow of a new wave seeping into NSW from Victoria, which has been battling a fresh outbreak. The state now has 1,800 active coronavirus cases.
Last week it was revealed a new cluster was forming at a Sydney pub after a 30-year-old woman and a man in his 50s were found to have contracted COVID-19 after visiting the Crossroads Hotel in Casula.
Cases associated with the hotel reached 30 on Tuesday night.
However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had no plans to put Sydney into lockdown again despite worrying clusters developing.
‘Until we have a cure, we have to live with it. We cannot shut down every time we have a cluster of cases,’ Ms Berejiklian told A Current Affair.
‘We cannot keep shutting down, reopening, shutting down and reopening. That is not a good way for us to manage the pandemic because it creates chaos for people.
Crossroads Hotel in Casula, in the city’s south-west, was forced to shut after two revellers tested positive to coronavirus
Medical workers are seen giving coronavirus tests in Sydney’s Bondi on Tuesday (pictured) amid fears the Melbourne outbreak may spread to NSW
‘It creates chaos for businesses who are employing people and it makes us lose confidence in the future.’
But Ms Berejiklian announced a tightening of restrictions in response to the Casula outbreak with a limit of 300 people at pubs and hotels – and group bookings to be capped at 10 people.
It will be mandatory for pubs and hotels to download and register the COVID-19 safe plan and take down contact details of all patrons.
Venues with a capacity of more than 250 people will be required to have a full-time marshal on site to enforce COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The changes don’t apply to clubs, restaurants or The Star casino and will come into effect from 12.01am on Friday.
Latest coronavirus facts and figures
* A man and a woman aged in their 80s have died of coronavirus in Victoria, taking the state’s toll to 26 and Australia’s fatalities to 110.
* Victoria recorded 270 new cases on Tuesday, tipping total cases nationwide over 10,000, with 21 people on ventilation in intensive care.
* NSW has 13 new cases and WA one, a 10-year-old boy in quarantine.
* Pubs in NSW will have patrons capped at 300 and must record contact details of every guest with 30 cases now linked to a venue in southwest Sydney. Meanwhile, residents from Liverpool and Campbelltown will be barred from entering Queensland.
* South Australia has cancelled its planned July 20 border reopening with NSW and the ACT.
* Immediate testing will be compulsory for all Victorians as soon as they land in WA, with travellers from NSW potentially next.
* Queensland will up its tough virus laws this week to include a penalty of six months’ jail.
* Australia had only 25,800 overseas arrivals in June, half of whom were returning residents, according to provisional ABS figures.
* The Australian Nursing Federation has urged against AFL matches going ahead at Perth’s Optus Stadium this week, arguing the 30,000-strong crowd risks a WA outbreak.
* The Giants are ready to decamp NSW if the AFL says go, with player Nick Shipley already relocating from his western Sydney home to teammate Shane Mumford’s house.
* AFL clubs could face the prospect of six games in a five-week span in a bid to get through the coronavirus-impacted season.
* The A-league will still play out its 2019-20 season in NSW despite the latest outbreak but has prepared a ‘Plan B’ option to shift clubs to Queensland.
* July 15 – NT to rule on if it will relax border restrictions with NSW.
* July 17 – International arrivals to WA will have to pay for their 14-day hotel quarantine.
* July 17 – NT will reopen its borders with quarantine for people from virus hotpots.
* July 18 – Returning travellers to SA and NSW to pay part of their hotel quarantine bill.
* July 31 – The earliest date Tasmania may open its borders to the mainland after delaying the move, previously planned for July 24
* August 1 – Tentative date for WA to lift all remaining restrictions, except border closures and access to remote Aboriginal communities.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* Australia’s total number of cases is now 10,251 with 2308 cases active and 7835 people recovered
* The national death toll as of Tuesday is 110: NSW 49, Victoria 26, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states)
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* Cases: at least 12,910,357
* Deaths: at least 569,128
* Recovered: at least 7,116,957
Data current as of 1800 AEST July 14, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates and Worldometer.