Brisbane venues close for cleaning after COVID-19 cases

30 July, 2020 by
Madeline Woolway

Several venues in Brisbane have closed temporarily for deep cleaning after positive cases of COVID-19 dined at the locations.

The Queensland Department of Health issued a public health alert after two 19-year-old Brisbane women visited several venues while infectious. It’s believed the women contracted the virus in Melbourne. A close contact has since tested positive.

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Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said all affected locations had taken appropriate action.

“Contact tracing is underway on all new cases,” Dr Young said. “While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working closely with these women to gather necessary information, including other places they may have visited whilst infectious.”

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Korean barbecue restaurant Madtongsan has shuttered until further notice according to a post on Instagram.

A Heeretea outlet in Sunnybank has also shared a notice on Instagram.

A statement on Peak Thai Springfield Central’s website informs customers that contact tracing identified the venue as a location visited by the cases. The venue has closed for deep cleaning, while staff who worked on the day are undertaking mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. The operators have handed over the guest’s registration forms to the health department. “…Rest assured we are taking this very seriously and will follow government procedure and precautions to protect our customers and the public,” the statement reads.

Cowch Dessert Bar in Southbank has outlined the steps it has taken on advice from the Department of Health, including “full and extensive hospital-strength fog sanitisation of all venues by a professionally accredited cleaning and sanitation company.”

According to a post on brand’s Instagram page, the location has been cleared to open safely.

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Hi Cowch Family 🐮⁠ ⁠ Given the news we have been made aware of today about a customer with COVID-19 attending our Southbank store on Monday, we have sought advice directly from Queensland Health to ensure we manage the situation as best we possibly can. ⁠ ⁠ Based on their advice we have taken the following action immediately to ensure our venues are as COVID-safe as possible:⁠ ⁠ ➖ Full and extensive hospital-strength fog sanitisation of all venues by a professionally accredited cleaning and sanitation company ⁠ ➖ All team experiencing any symptoms regardless of how mild are isolating and being tested ⁠ ➖ All guests who visited in the relevant period (1-5pm Monday) are being contacted by Qld Health as a precaution ⁠ ➖ All internal operations are being assessed to confirm the tightest controls of tracking, tracing and sanitisation procedures adhered to. ⁠ ⁠ Given the above, and our team’s consistent and thorough compliance with the rules in recent weeks, we are cleared to safely open. ⁠ ⁠ We want to say a huge thank you and share our appreciation for your support and understanding during these very challenging and uncertain times. ⁠

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P’Nut Street Noodles in Southbank has closed for cleaning and staff members working on the day have self-isolated.

Any individuals who attended the venues during the relevant times are asked to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH.

  • Madtongsan IV Restaraunt, Sunnybank – 23 July 2020, 7-9pm
  • Heertea Bubble Tea Shop, Sunnbank – 23 July 2020, 9.25pm
  • Thai Peak Restaurant, Springfield – 26 July 2020, 6.30-9pm
  • Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar, Southbank – 27 July 2020, all day
  • P’Nut Street Noodles, Southbank – 27 July 2020, all day
  • Chatime Grand Plaza, Browns Plains – 28 July 2020, all day

The temporary closures come after similar incidents at venues in Sydney this month.

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