Two Sydney pubs have been shut for cleaning as an inner-city coronavirus cluster spreads over the Harbour Bridge, hitting a gym and Woolworths store.
Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills closed their doors immediately on Thursday after NSW Health advised a positive coronavirus case visited the venue on Sunday July 26.
The infected pubgoer, who attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point a day earlier, was at Hotel Harry for nine hours from 2.15pm to 11pm.
Darlo Bar, in nearby Darlinghurst, on Thursday said a guest who visited the venue between 12pm and 2pm on Sunday July 26 has also tested positive for COVID-19.
NSW Health said the Darlo Bar case is ‘relatively low-risk’ but the venue decided to shut for a deep clean.
Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills (pictured) closed their doors immediately on Thursday after NSW Health advised a positive coronavirus case visited the venue on Sunday July 26
Health care workers are seen at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney on Wednesday (pictured)
Darlo Bar said they are continuing to work closely with NSW Health ‘to support any contact tracing efforts and to ensure the health and safety of all our staff and guests’.
The venue will reopen on Saturday, following the completion of the deep clean.
Hotel Harry said they decided to close the venue immediately as a ‘precautionary measure’ to ‘protect the health and safety of our customers, staff and community’.
‘The hotel will undergo professional deep cleaning and all staff will self-isolate until they receive test results,’ Hotel Harry said in a statement.
‘If you have visited Hotel Harry between Sunday 26th July and Thursday 30th July you should be tested regardless if you have any symptoms.’
The venue said they had implemented a strict Covid Safe plan throughout the pandemic, which will be upheld following the professional deep cleaning.
‘We have planned to have a back up team of staff and cleaners available to ensure the hotel may be re-opened safely and responsibly as soon as possible and continue to serve our local community,’ the statement continued.
‘Stay tuned for updates on when the venue will re-open. Stay safe.’
Another positive COVID-19 case, who also attended the Apollo Restaurant on Saturday July 25, visited a gym and supermarket in Sydney’s lower north shore.
The infected resident became unwell on Tuesday July 28 and went for a test on Wednesday July 29.
Another positive COVID-19 case, who also attended the Apollo Restaurant on Saturday July 25, visited Woolworths in Crows Nest between 10.30am and 11.00am on Monday July 27
A confirmed case notified on Monday July 27 and linked to the funeral gatherings cluster attended Tan Viet in Cabramatta on Thursday July 23 from midday to 2pm. Diners at the restaurant are required to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days
NEW CORONAVIRUS ALERT IN SYDNEY
NSW Health added these venues to the list of places confirmed cases had visited:
Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills
Tan Viet in Cabramatta
Matinee Coffee in Marrickville
Fitness First St Leonards
Woolworths, Crow’s Nest
NSW Health said they visited Fitness First St Leonards on Monday July 27 between 9am and 10.30am.
The case then visited Woolworths in Crows Nest between 10.30am and 11.00am.
Patrons and staff who were in the gym at the same time must isolate and get tested regardless of symptoms, and stay isolated for a full 14 days, even if the test is negative, NSW Health said in a statement.
‘People who were at the gym at this time but only attended a group fitness class are not required to isolate, but should monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and seek testing if they develop symptoms.’
Customers and staff who attended the Crows Nest Woolworths during the time are considered casual contacts and should continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.
A confirmed case notified on Monday July 27 and linked to the funeral gatherings cluster attended Tan Viet in Cabramatta on Thursday July 23 from midday to 2pm.
Diners at the restaurant are required to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
Meanwhile, another confirmed case identified on Thursday visited Matinee Coffee in Marrickville on Sunday July 26 between 8am to 9am and Monday July 27 between 7am to 7.45am.
Those who attended the cafe at the same time are required to monitor for symptoms.
Matinee Coffee and Tan Viet were both closed for cleaning as contact tracing continues.
NSW recorded 18 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, including six which are under investigation.
A confirmed case identified on Thursday visited Matinee Coffee in Marrickville on Sunday July 26 between 8am to 9am and Monday July 27 between 7am to 7.45am