A public health warning has been issued for the Sydney suburb of Potts Point, with new COVID-19 cases linked to two venues in the area.

The Apollo restaurant in Potts Point is currently closed for deep cleaning after a staff member from the restaurant tested positive.

Guests who attended the venue from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 July have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after their visit. Contact tracing is in process and any diners who develop symptoms should be tested.

The restaurant has confirmed it will remain closed for two weeks and has thanked industry peers and customers for their support.

The Apollo is the second venue in the suburb to have cases linked to it. Thai Rock Potts Point is also closed for cleaning after a staff member at the venue tested positive. Thai Rock Potts Point has the same owners as Thai Rock Wetherill Park, which has now been linked to 67 cases of COVID. Investigations have not identified any links between cases at the two sites.

Anyone who dined at Thai Rock Potts Point for two hours or more between Wednesday, 15 July and Saturday, 25 July should present for testing and self-isolate for 14 days, wether or not they are symptomatic.

Two venues in South West Sydney have also been linked to cases. A patron who attended Mounties at Mt Pritchard and the bistro at Pritchard’s Hotel while infectious has since tested positive.

NSW Health is now contacting all staff and guests who attend Mounties on Thursday 23 July between 12 midnight and 3am, as well as Friday 24 July between both 11am to 3pm and 8pm to midnight, as well as Saturday 25 July between 12 midnight to 3am. They are also alerting anyone who attended the bistro of Pritchard’s Hotel on 23 July between 7pm to 7.45pm.

Anyone who attended the venues during these periods are directed to isolate for 14 days and get tested if any symptoms develop. Investigations and contact tracing are under way.

An up-to-date list of venues linked to COVID-19 cases is provided by NSW Health. There are currently seven venues on the list of locations that require patrons to present immediately for testing and self-isolate for 14 days. A further 20 venues are on the list of locations that require patrons to monitor for symptoms.

Restrictions were tightened for all venues, including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs, from 12.01am on Friday 24 July, with the NSW government announcing a crackdown on compliance earlier this month. Contact tracing is critical in curbing outbreaks, with venues required to maintain a digital record of all guests’ details.

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