Sydney yacht club closed, coronavirus alert extended after Potts Point restaurant outbreaks linked – ABC News

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NSW Health has ramped up its alert for people who have visited Potts Point over past weeks, after confirming a link between the Thai Rock and Apollo restaurant outbreaks.

Two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 dined at the Thai Rock restaurant and days later at the Apollo restaurant.

In a statement, NSW Health said it “now believes this links the two outbreaks”.

The two new cases also visited the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in Rushcutters Bay, NSW Health said.

The yacht club has since been closed for deep cleaning.

NSW Health has expanded its advice to ask anyone who visited the Apollo restaurant on July 22 to isolate and get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Previously, its alert ran July 23-25, asking people to self-isolate for 14 days.

NSW Health confirmed the couple and a staff member of Apollo as three new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

It has also issued an alert over the following dates for anyone who attended the CYCA:

  • Thursday, July 23 between 6:00pm and 7:30pm
  • Friday, July 24 between 3:30pm and 5pm
  • Sunday, July 26 between 4:00pm and 5:30pm

The Thai Rock alert covers anyone who dined there between July 15 and July 25.

Anyone who visited the restaurant for more than two hours has been asked to get tested.

Anyone who dined for less than two hours should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they appear.

A pop-up clinic has been set up at 349 Crown Street, Surry Hills. It will be open seven days a week from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Another clinic will open from midday Wednesday at Rushcutters Bay Park.

Potts Point on full alert

It comes as cases linked to the Potts Point area continue to grow.

Earlier on Tuesday NSW Health reported a confirmed COVID-19 case among someone who attended the Fitness First gym on July 20.

A number of bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood have either closed as a precaution for cleaning, or reverted to takeaway.

The Roosevelt bar and restaurant and Dear Sainte Eloise wine bar in Potts Point, both a short distance from the Apollo, have said they are closing for deep cleaning and to test staff.

Meanwhile, a school in Parramatta, Western Sydney, will be closed on Wednesday after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the NSW Department of Education said.

Bayanami Public School will undergo thorough cleaning tomorrow, the department said.

“The school is working closely with NSW Health to establish close contacts,” a department spokesperson said.

NSW Health continues to urge people to “redouble” efforts to stop the virus spreading, as community transmissions continue to develop.

There are 75 cases linked to the Thai Rock outbreak at its sister venue in Wetherill Park, including four new ones reported on Tuesday.

The Crossroads Hotel outbreak has stabilised at 56 cases.

Another 15 cases are linked to an outbreak around funeral services in south-west Sydney over July 16 to 19.

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