Wanneroo Times

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

- Tyler Brown

CONCERN turned to relief when staff and customers from up to 100 food outlets escaped Perth’s latest COVID-19 threat this week.

Businesses such as Hungry Jack’s Whitfords were keen to spread the message their doors were open after two Uber drivers, infected by a Perth hotel quarantine worker, picked up and delivered food throughout the northern suburbs.

HJ’s Whitfords manager Eddie Burger said the store was back open yesterday after closing for a day for cleaning.

“We’re open, wearing masks .... so far, so good,” he said.

CONCERN turned to relief when staff and customers from up to 100 food outlets escaped Perth’s latest COVID-19 threat this week.

Businesses such as Hungry Jack’s Whitfords were keen to spread the message their doors were open after two Uber drivers, infected by a Perth hotel quarantine worker, picked up and delivered food throughout the northern suburbs.

HJ’s Whitfords manager Eddie Burger said the store was back open yesterday after closing for a day for cleaning.

“We’re open, wearing masks .... so far, so good,” he said, after saying he and his staff had tested negative to the virus.

“Three of my staff have gone into two weeks’ quarantine and I’m hoping to get staff from another store.”

Liberty Fuel Banksia Grove franchisee Harry Saini said while they were open for business, they had taken a significan­t hit since being named as a COVID-19 public exposure site. The service station on Pinjar Road was named as a “casual contact site” after a hotel security guard who tested positive to the virus visited the store between 10am and 10.30am on Friday, April 30.

Mr Saini said he received a phone call about 6pm the next day advising him of the exposure and while he was not told to do anything specific, he jumped into action.

“I sent someone down and told them as soon as we close for the day, we need to do a deep clean and sanitise every single thing as a precaution,” he said.

While they have not had to cease trading, Mr Saini said sales were down at least 50 per cent.

“We even had some of the cheapest fuel on Tuesday and we were still dead quiet,” he said.

What customers they did have were not buying from the service station’s shop and were not using cash.

“They are filling up with fuel, coming straight in and tapping their cards and that’s it,” he said.

As a casual contact site, Mr Saini, his wife and one other staff member who were all working on the Friday morning were required to have a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until they received their negative results.

Mr Saini said as an extra precaution, he also took his kids to get tested and kept them home from school until they also received their negative result.

However, despite the result, Mr Saini’s wife was yesterday advised she was the one who served the security guard and so she has become a close contact and will have to continue to self-isolate until she has completed 14 days. She will also have to undergo more tests.

There are currently 22 incidents of “casual contact” sites, which stem from the latest cases involving the security guard, listed at healthywa.wa.gov.au.

Anyone who visited a casual contact site during the times listed are required to get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

This is in addition to the more than 80 “monitor site” incidents involving food delivery.

Anyone who visited a monitor site during times listed are advised to monitor for symptoms and if they develop, get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

One of these sites included McDonald’s in Tapping between 10.35am and 10.50am on Friday, April 30.

A McDonald’s Australia spokeswoma­n confirmed that in line with government guidance and advice, the restaurant was not required to close.

“The health and safety of our people and customers is our number one priority,” she said.

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McDonald's Tapping shift manager Amy Howard.
McDonald's in Tapping is still welcoming customers. McDonald's Tapping shift manager Amy Howard.
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Liberty Fuel in Banksia Grove is still open for business.
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Hungry Jack's Whitfords.

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