Three more venues have been added to the list of Sydney pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes attended by people with the coronavirus.

Harpoon and Hotel Harry in Surry Hills, Matinee Coffee in Marrickville and Tan Viet in Cabramatta have all been closed for cleaning as contact tracing continues.

A positive case, the same person who attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point, went to the Surry Hills pub on July 26.

A person with the coronavirus went to the Marrickville cafe on July 26 and 27, while another was at the Cabramatta restaurant on July 23.

Hygiene marshals will be required at NSW gyms from Saturday to ensure equipment is cleaned, hand sanitiser is available and social distancing is maintained. All gyms will also need to register a COVID-safe plan.

The uptick in Sydney cases has prompted Queensland to ban all Greater Sydney residents from entering the state from Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Australian Border Force has denied a report that one of its officers allowed cruise ship passengers to disembark in Sydney in the mistaken belief they had tested negative to COVID-19.


The ABC’s 7.30 program on Thursday claimed a senior ABF officer allowed 2700 people off the Ruby Princess, thinking they were clear of the coronavirus when they had only tested negative to the common flu.

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We have just been informed by NSW Health that a customer who attended The Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point on Saturday 25th July also attended Hotel Harry on Sunday 26th July and has confirmed positive to COVID-19. As a precautionary measure we have made the decision to close the venue immediately to protect the health and safety of our customers, staff and community. The hotel will undergo professional deep cleaning and all staff will self isolate until they receive test results. If you visited Hotel Harry between Sunday 26th July and Thursday 30th July you should be tested regardless if you have any symptoms. We have had strict Covid Safe plans in place. These plans will continue to be upheld following our professional deep cleaning that is taking place immediately. We have planned to have a back up team of staff and cleaners available to ensure the hotel may be re-opened safely and responsibly as soon as possible and continue to serve our local community. Stay tuned for updates on when the venue will re-open. Stay safe. X

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In a statement, the ABF said its responsibility does not include preventing the disembarkation of passengers or crew for health reasons.

“Any misinterpretation by ABF officers of test results did not make a difference as to whether passengers were cleared to disembark the Ruby Princess,” the statement said.

“Human health is not the responsibility of the ABF.”

The Ruby Princess, which docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay on March 19, has been linked to hundreds of cases and more than 20 coronavirus-related deaths across Australia.


Public hearings of an inquiry into the incident have concluded, with Commissioner Bret Walker SC to report back to the NSW government by mid-August.