A person who visited a popular Melbourne hotel announced that they received a text message on Christmas Eve saying they may have been exposed to Covid.
A person who visited a popular Melbourne hotel almost a week ago announced that they received a text message on Christmas Eve saying they may have been exposed to Covid.
The man visited the Peel Hotel in Collingwood last Sunday and said they received a text message at 8:26 p.m. on Christmas Eve alerting them that a positive person was there.
“If you are a customer / patron who has visited this venue, you must perform a Covid-19 PCR test within 24 hours of receiving this notice and isolate immediately until you get a negative result,” it says Text.
The patron, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he checked into the venue on December 18, but the date of the reveal was listed in the message as Sunday – possibly referring to after midnight.
“It was a really ambiguous text … (and) there was no time the infected person was there. You didn’t give that clarity, ”he said.
“I’m being tested …
“I thought, ‘what are the chances that it will be an exposure site this weekend. Probably pretty slim ‘and see what happened. “
This latest horror for The Peel Hotel comes after it was classified as an exposure site on December 10th when an Omicron infected person went there between 11.30pm and 3am.
Back then, Peel Hotel owner Tom McFeely said the isolation rule meant the pub would likely be closed for a week during one of the busiest times of the year.
“If your employees need to isolate themselves, you can’t open up,” he told 3AW.
“That basically means that we have to close.
“I thought we were going to learn to live with this damn thing and now it happened.”
This latest case of a Covid visit was so brief it did not justify classifying the hotel as an exposure site, a spokesman for the Victorian Department of Health said.
On Saturday, Victoria recorded 2,108 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total active cases to 17,599.
Six deaths were also recorded on Christmas Day.
The state also has 361 people in hospital while 71 are in intensive care, 42 of whom are on ventilators.
In addition, 83,456 tests were performed.
Over 92 percent of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated.
2095 new Covid-19 cases and eight deaths were reported on Christmas Eve.
In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the community, an indoor mask mandate was introduced to Victorians on Friday.
Residents aged eight and over must wear one in all indoor spaces with the exception of private homes.
It was also recommended that restaurants adhere to seated service and that people work from home whenever possible.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the reintroduction of masks would have “great transmission effects.”
“Please keep this in mind. Wearing masks indoors is very important, with the usual exceptions,” he said.
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