Gentlemen’s club and popular Sydney restaurant exposed to coronavirus

Australian Associated Press
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A pub in southwest NSW and its licensee have copped fines after taking "no steps" to comply with coronavirus heath orders, while a popular venue on Sydney's Northern Beaches has been forced to shut after hosting a COVID-positive patron.

The Bavarian, a German restaurant and bar in Manly, on Saturday morning said a patron with coronavirus attended the venue on the afternoon of July 24.

The venue underwent deep cleaning to reopen at midday on Saturday, with NSW Health advising all people at the venue on the afternoon of July 24 to monitor for symptoms.

The Bavarian has provided authorities with a list of guests on that date.

The Bavarian underwent a deep clean after someone who visited on July 24 tested positive. Source: AAP
The Bavarian underwent a deep clean after someone who visited on July 24 tested positive. Source: AAP

An exclusive gentlemen’s club in Sydney has also temporarily closed its doors after one of its workers contracted the virus, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The employee of the Australian Club, on Macquarie Street in the CBD, reportedly worked on Monday from 6am until 9.30am. The venue will remain closed until Tuesday.

The Harpoon & Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Matinee Coffee in Marrickville and Tan Viet in Cabramatta are among the other venues required to undertake deep cleaning after recent patronage by COVID-positive people.

A Temora establishment, meanwhile, was fined $5000 and its licensee $1000 for non-compliance with public health orders after police attended on Thursday.

Police said the pub had no sign-in book and "no steps had been taken" to comply with the ministerial directions designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant on Friday said authorities had this week found the COVID-19 link between the two Thai Rock restaurants at Wetherill Park and Potts Point - subsequently introduced to the nearby The Apollo restaurant.

The Thai Rock Wetherill Park coronavirus cluster is nearing 100 people, while the Potts Point cluster on Friday numbered 19.

A handful of venues had to be temporarily closed after hosting infectious guests. Source: AAP
A handful of venues had to be temporarily closed after hosting infectious guests. Source: AAP

"We know most transmission events occur in an indoor environment, we know household-type gatherings are more likely to transmit," Dr Chant told 2GB radio.

"Think twice about having those gatherings up to 20 and minimise your contacts with others and minimise social events and movements just at this period while we're putting out spot fires."

Hygiene marshals will be required at NSW gyms from Saturday to ensure equipment is cleaned, hand sanitiser is available and social distancing is maintained, while gyms will need to register a COVID-safe plan.

The uptick in Sydney cases has prompted Queensland to ban all Greater Sydney residents from entering the state from Saturday.

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