Staffer at members-only club tests positive for COVID

The Australian Club, an exclusive members-only venue in Sydney’s CBD, will be closed until Tuesday after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.

It joins a growing list of establishments across the city which have been forced to close for deep cleaning after an employee or patron returned a positive test.

Situated on Macquarie St, the Australian Club was founded in 1838 and is not only one of the nation’s most exclusive clubs but also the oldest member’s club in the southern hemisphere. Only men are permitted to join.

The club released a statement which said the decision was made “with an abundance of caution”. The venue will now undergo a deep clean.

“The decision was taken after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19,” an Australian Club spokesman said in a statement.

“The staff member was at the club on Monday July 27 between 6am and 9.30am.”

It is understood the employee had attended The Apollo restaurant in Potts Point. There are now 19 cases associated with the Potts Point cluster.

On Thursday NSW Health issued an alert to anyone who had attended Fitness First in St Leonards after a confirmed case attended the gym on July 27 between 9am and 10.30am.

Confirmed cases also attended Matinee Coffee in Marrickville on July 26 from 8am to 9am and on July 27 between 7am and 7.45am. It has since reopened.

People who were at this venue at the same times are advised to monitor for symptoms and immediately self-isolate and seek testing if they develop symptoms, however mild,” NSW Health said.

Another case, linked to the funeral gathering cluster in the city’s west, attended Tan Viet in Cabramatta on July 23 from noon to 2pm.

People who attended during this time are required to self-isolate for two weeks regardless of a negative test.

Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills has also closed for cleaning after a positive case visited the popular venue on July 26 from 2.15pm to 11pm in the indoor dining area.

“People who attended Harpoon and Hotel Harry for two hours in the above time period must self-isolate and get tested and stay isolated for a full 14 days, even if the test is negative. If symptoms develop, get tested again,” NSW Health urged.

The news comes as grocery chain Harris Farm Markets put shoppers at its Leichhardt store on notice after a customer tested positive on Friday after visiting the store on July 26 between 3pm and 3.30pm.

The owners believe risk of infection is low.

“While we hope this will be an isolated incident the Victorian experience tells us that we should be prepared to expect more,” co-CEOs Tristan, Luke and Angus Harris said in a statement online.

“We are committed to providing a safe environment for our customers to shop in and our teams to work in.”

NSW recorded 21 new coronavirus cases on Friday.

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