Plenty of good fortune in store
SPUDSHED management say it was fortunate the COVID-infected Perth hotel quarantine worker visited their Westminster store in off-peak times.
The guard, who infected two of his housemates in Nollamara and also went to a Mirrabooka mosque, Balga 7-Eleven and Northlands shopping centre, visited Spudshed at Stirling Central on Tuesday last week between 5pm and 6pm and the next day after 1.30am.
“That time of the morning, it was limited in terms of the clientele,” Galati Group spokesman George Kailis told the Times.
“We’re kind of lucky it (the first visit) was at a time where people were either getting ready for dinner or going out.”
A Spudshed worker who served the Pan Pacific hotel guard, known as COVID-19 case 1001, has gone into two weeks quarantine despite a negative result.
Galati Group communications manager George Kailis said staff present at the time of exposure had been requested to isolate and sent for testing.
“Staff were not permitted to go back to work until they’re presented with a negative result and until it is safe to do so,” he said.
“We’ve had one staff member who, even though they tested negative, has still gone into two weeks quarantine. That’s the actual member who was there that served the gentleman between 1.30am and 2.30am on April 28.”
Mr Kailis said they had followed all measures, including closing briefly to deep-clean the store from midnight on Sunday.
“It was closed for about four hours; we had six cleaners go through,” he said.
“We’re up and running and we’ve got lots of specials to get people back through the door.”
Case 1001 visited Coles, Smokemart and Northlands Fresh at Primewest Northlands Balcatta on April 28 to 29.
“The businesses identified by WA Health immediately underwent a thorough clean and were able to reopen shortly thereafter,” a Primewest spokeswoman said.
“The centre itself is undertaking additional cleaning during this period.”