A police officer is forced to shut down a pub after discovering that a diner was in contact with a coronavirus case.
Bar visitors at the Bordertown, South Australia site were stunned when the officer told them the news on Friday.
A truck driver who had previously eaten a meal in a pub near the Victorian border may have exposed protectors to the virus after being considered close contact of a person with the deadly virus status.
Clearly, he had flu-like symptoms a week earlier, and health authorities called him during my meal to warn him of his potential exposure.
A pattern filmed while the police officer was wearing a face mask revealed that all customers and employees had to provide their contact details and self-quarantine for 14 days if the truck driver tested positive.
The site was closed for several hours during the trial, Nine News reported.
During the investigation, neither personnel nor patrons were able to leave, with the police attempting to trace where the truck driver had been in the pub.
The Bordertown Hotel was fully booked for Fabulous Friday, where they serve espresso martinis, and many customers had already eaten and left.
“That will be our next step, we need to take camera surveillance and find out who was here at the time,” said the police officer.
In the photo: the Bordertown Hotel, South Australia, near the border with Victoria. Staff and regulars were locked up for hours on Friday evenings after an Interstate truck driver who had eaten there was deemed to be in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus case
Patrons are silent as the SA police explain that they must be quarantined for 14 days. Fortunately, the exposed man tested negative and got zero on Saturday
Although customers must sign a covid tracing register to play pool, an employee said, “we all touched the bar.”
The ordeal did not end at the Bordertown Hotel.
Since some customers had moved to the nearby Woolshed Inn, police had to advise customers there to quarantine themselves for 14 days, or until test results confirmed whether the truck driver had the virus.
More than 60 people had been to the Woolshed Inn for work, patron Shaun Taylor said Nine news that the police advised that they should take extra precautions in social distance and limit their social interactions until the test results were in.
“It actually looked a bit like a joke, until it really dawned on me,” said Mr. Taylor.
The South Australian health authorities prioritized the coronavirus test of truck drivers and the results were confirmed on Saturday: it was completely clear.
The Bordertown Hotel went to FaceBook on Saturday morning with the happy news.
“I thought we had better stop the gossip – yes, the local police locked us up at 9:30 last night because of a suspected corona incident, but at 12:30 we got it all clear,” said the Bordertown Hotel post.
“Today is just going to continue and we will maintain our strict cleaning regime. ‘
Australian Army personnel are leaving for Mount Gambier, South Australia, to help block the border crossing on Saturday
The Woolshed Inn was also warned after it was determined that customers had moved to the Woolshed from the Bordertown on Friday after their potential exposure
An Australian Army soldier leaves for Mount Gambier, South Australia, to assist with the closings of the corona virus. Only residents of South Australia returning home or commercial truck drivers carrying freight are allowed to cross the border from Victoria
The Woolshed Inn staff also announced their relief at the negative coronavirus test and posted a picture of a roller coaster showing how they were feeling.
“Although the past 24 hours have been about as emotional as this photo, we are happy to say that according to the news we are all clear here in Bordertown !!!” employee Lauren wrote.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 9,553
New South Wales: 3474
Western Australia: 634
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 9,553
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 1287
“We are not in quarantine – Tests have come back negative … To our customers I appreciate and thank you for your cooperation and willingness. To my team the way you handled the situation, because it was just as stressful for you as it was for the customers. Thank you for your support and kindness! ‘
South Australia closed the border with Victoria this week amid Victoria’s worsening outbreak of the deadly corona virus.
South Australia had no new cases of coronavirus as of Saturday night, while Victoria recorded an increase of 216, revised from 251, and has now surpassed New South Wales as the state with the most confirmed cases in total.
Defense Force personnel arrived at the Victoria-South Australia border on Saturday and will assist police checkpoints starting Sunday.
Both paved and unpaved roads across the border have a checkpoint or hard roadblocks to prevent people from entering South Australia.
Residents of South Australia are allowed to cross again, but must quarantine themselves for 14 days.
The only exception is for truck drivers who transport company cargo. They must wear a face mask in public at all times and must quarantine themselves when not in service.