Covid alert for major Sydney shopping centre after Coles, Kmart visits

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An urgent Covid alert has been issued for a major shopping centre in Sydney's inner city with a confirmed case visiting a string of stores including Kmart, Coles, Aldi and JB Hi-Fi.

Broadway Sydney shared an update to its Facebook page on Saturday warning shoppers who visited the shopping centre on Thursday (July 8) from 12pm to 2pm to monitor for symptoms, get tested immediately if they do occur and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

The news came as NSW recorded 50 new locally-acquired cases, with 26 of those cases out in the community while infectious.

A Covid alert has been issued for Broadway Sydney, a major shopping centre in the CBD. Source: Google Maps, file
A Covid alert has been issued for Broadway Sydney, a major shopping centre in the CBD. Source: Google Maps, file

"Today we have been made aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 who visited Broadway on Thursday 8 July 2021 from approximately 12:00pm to 2:00pm," the centre said.

Stores visited by the infected person were:

  • Kmart

  • JB Hi-Fi

  • Coles

  • ALDI

  • Harvey Norman

  • Liquorland

"NSW Health is currently risk assessing all stores visited by the customer with health advice to be listed on the NSW Health Website here in due course," Broadway Sydney added in the statement.

"NSW Health has advised that the customer was diligent in wearing a mask and checking in at all locations and we thank all of our customers who continue to do this to assist NSW Health in their contact tracing efforts."

Coles at Broadway is pictured.
A coronavirus case visited Coles at the Sydney shopping centre. Source: Google
Kmart at Broadway is pictured.
Kmart was also listed as a store visited by a positive Covid case. Source: Google

Broadway Sydney said the centre underwent a "full deep clean each night as part of our regular cleaning regime introduced at the onset of the pandemic to assist in protecting our community and will undertake additional measures following the confirmation of a contact".

The shopping centre said it was continuing to co-operate with NSW and would provide more information as they received updates.

For further details, visit the NSW Government website here.

More restrictions for Sydney instead of lockdown exit

Sydneysiders woke up to the toughest Covid restrictions in more than a year on the day they were meant to emerge from lockdown.

Saturday was the worst day of the current outbreak, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian repeating her warning that lockdown would likely be extended.

Ms Berejiklian expressed her concern over the number of cases who had been in the community while infectious.

"When you know that there are 26 cases infectious in the community, the only conclusion we can draw is that things are going to get worse before they get better," she said.

Of the new cases, 14 of these were household contacts, prompting Ms Berejiklian to ask people to stick to the rules to protect their loved ones.

"People are getting the virus and then spreading it to those closest to them," she said.

"If you truly love your parents, your sisters, your best friends, please stick to the rules."

She stressed the importance of getting the number of people out in the community while infectious "as close to zero as possible".

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