Coles store remains open after two employees test positive for coronavirus

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Two Coles employees have tested positive for coronavirus at a store in Melbourne’s southeast.

The two members of staff are employed at the Brandon Park Coles in Mulgrave.

And while a Coles spokesperson said there was no need to close the store based on the advice of Health Department, all colleagues who have had contact with the staff members must self isolate.

The store has been thoroughly cleaned and is now fit to resume service, the spokesperson said.

The two members of staff are employed at the Brandon Park Coles in Mulgrave. Source: AAP, file.

“Health authorities have not instructed Coles that it is necessary to close any stores, including in cases where team members or customers are diagnosed with COVID-19,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said extensive testing suggests there is “a low risk of transmission” in areas where people have passed through that has had a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Department of Health defines close contact as face to face contact for at least 15 minutes.

It also applies to people being in the same closed space for at least two hours.

Overnight, the state entered Stage Three restrictions which primarily mean Victorians cannot gather inside or outside in groups of more than two.

Those living in the same residence are exempt from the rule.

Anyone found breaching the rule can face an on-the-spot fine of $1600, Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Victoria confirmed a further 56 cases on Monday, taking its total up to 821. There have been four deaths in the state, and 18 nationally.

On Monday, it was revealed a McDonald’s in Sydney remains open after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

With AAP

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