Health Alerts for Shops in Sydney Hotspots, Some Restrictions Further Relaxed

Health Alerts for Shops in Sydney Hotspots, Some Restrictions Further Relaxed
Tourists wearing masks take photos as the Opera House (back, C) is enveloped in haze caused by nearby bushfires, in Sydney on December 10, 2019. (PETER PARKS/Getty Images)

A public health alert has been issued for seven shops and restaurants in Sydney’s southwest as authorities work to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in the hotspot.

NSW Health says people infected with COVID-19 visited Woolworths Oran Park on Sept. 30, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 between the hours of 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

“Anyone who attended .... is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop,” the department said.

The same alert applies to anyone who shopped at Prasadi Nepali Emerald Hills at Raby on October 2, Aldi Leppington on Oct. 2, Fantastic Furniture at Campbelltown on Oct. 9, Bunnings at Gregory Hills on Oct. 6 and IKEA at Tempe on Oct. 7 or went to Emerald Hills McDonalds at Leppington on Oct. 2.

The critical times are available on the department’s website.

A pop-up clinic for COVID-19 testing has been set up at Julia Reserve Community Centre in Oran Park and authorities are urging people to get tested.

Just 8609 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 when the state recorded seven new locally transmitted cases and another six in hotel quarantine.

On Oct. 13, the NSW government announced COVID-19 hospitality restrictions would be eased from Oct. 16 with up to 500 people allowed to attend open-air concerts as long as they stay seated and four metres apart.

Restrictions for outdoor dining venues will also be relaxed, allowing one patron per two square metres as long as venues use an electronic QR code to record patrons’ contact details.