New statewide restrictions come into effect from Feb 3

By Our Reporter
Photo by Gabe Pierce

With a hotel quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel testing positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), the government has imposed new statewide restrictions which will come into effect from 11:59pm tonight, 3 February.

According to an official press release, the restrictions in place will be:

The limit on the number of people gathering in a household will be reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).

Masks will be mandatory in public indoor spaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit. Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces apart from when eating or drinking. If you are planning to leave your home—take a mask.

The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February will be paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.

The hotel quarantine worker last worked at the Grand Hyatt on 29 January and was tested at the end of their shift, returning a negative result. Subsequently, he developed symptoms and was tested again on 2 February. He returned a positive result late today.

All CQV staff are tested daily, including an exit test on their final day.

“We are contacting all Australian Open players, officials and support staff who were staying at the Grand Hyatt during the entire period. They are considered casual contacts. They must immediately isolate and get tested.

“We are contacting all Hotel staff working at the Grand Hyatt who are considered primary close contacts. They must immediately isolate and get tested and remain isolated for 14 days,” the release stated.

Public health teams are identifying exposure sites. Initial Tier 1 exposure sites and times include:
  • Saturday 30th January 2021: Club Noble in Noble Park, Aces Sporting Club (Driving Range)
  • Sunday 31st January 2021: Northpoint Café Brighton, Kmart Keysborough, Kmart Brandon Park, Coles Springvale
  • Monday 1 February 2021: Bunnings Springvale, Melbourne Golf Academy

Anyone who has visited these Tier 1 exposure sites during these times must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test, and remain isolated for 14 days.

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