A popular restaurant has been linked to Sydney’s growing coronavirus cluster after revealing a customer dined while infectious.

Hurricane’s Grill in Brighton Le Sands, south Sydney, confirmed on Wednesday that a patron who ate dinner on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19. 

The stakehouse said the customer visited between 6.00 and 8.00pm and explained that any other at-risk patrons would be contacted by NSW Health. 

‘We have been notified by NSW Health of a confirmed case of COVID-19 of one of our customers who dined with us,’ they said in a statement.  

Popular Hurricane’s Grill restaurant in Brighton Le Sands (pictured) has revealed a patron dined on Saturday while infected with COVID-19

The restaurant (pictured) said the customer visited between 6.00 and 8.00pm

Hurricane’s Grill (customer pictured) closed for cleaning on Wednesday to reopen on Friday

The grill said they were working closely with NSW Health and would ‘follow all government recommendations’.   

‘As a precaution we will be closing the restaurant to have the location professionally deep cleaned and sanitised and will reopen on Friday 17th July,’ the statement said. 

The chain restaurant, which boasts multiple locations around Sydney, said it had a comprehensive COVID-19 policy and was confident patrons were low risk.   

‘We are confident that our patrons are low risk but request that you watch for any symptoms. 

‘All our staff who worked on the night will be asked to be tested and if necessary will self isolate as per NSW health guidelines,’ the statement read. 

The news comes as New South Wales battles to contain a second wave of COVID-19.   

NSW recorded 13 new cases on Wednesday, with 10 linked to a cluster which developed at the Crossroads hotel in south-west Sydney.

There are now 34 cases linked to the pub and authorities have confirmed the patient zero of the outbreak was a Victorian man.      

The stakehouse (pictured) said patrons were at a low risk but should monitor symptoms

All Hurricane’s Grill (pictured) staff member will be tested for COVID-19 

The cluster was started by a freight worker who travelled from Melbourne on June 30.  

The Melbourne man went to a workplace in Sydney, which has since had six confirmed cases, before all employees went to a party at the Crossroads Hotel on July 3. 

Anyone who attended the hotel in Casula between July 3 and 10 must get tested for coronavirus and self-isolate for 14 days even if the result is negative.

Of the ten cases, six people attended the venue and two were closes contacts of people who attended.

The remaining two cases were already reported cases who got the infection from the Planet Fitness gym in Casula. 

Pictured: The Crossroads Hotel in Casula, in Sydney’s south-west

Crossroads Hotel in Casula, in the city’s south-west, was forced to shut after two revellers tested positive to coronavirus

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant told reporters any staff and patrons who attended Planet Fitness in Casula between July 4 and July 10 are now considered close contacts

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant told reporters any staff and patrons who attended Planet Fitness between July 4 and July 10 are now considered close contacts.   

Ms Chant also said it was important not to lose sight of the fact the infection may have been spread elsewhere.

‘It is very important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that Covid could have been introduced in any other parts of Sydney, and we may well have had transmission of the virus just continuing,’ she said.  

Places were the new cases visited include YMCA Revesby, Western Sydney Leagues Club, Woolworths Bowral and Kmart in Casula. 

Testing has been ramped up in Sydney’s south-west with 3,297 people presenting themselves for testing in the region on Tuesday.   

‘We have had massive pressure in the pop-up clinics,’ Mr Hazzard said and is pushing more citizens to come forward for testing.

New South Wales recorded 13 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with ten of those cases coming from the Crossroads Hotel outbreak 

NSW Health are investigating a potential new cluster after a coronavirus-positive man spent an hour at Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield, in Sydney’s southwest, on Friday

There are more clinics available at Liverpool Hospital, Campbelltown Hospital, Victoria Park in Picton, Camden Hospital, Narellan Community Health Centre, Bankstown Hospital, Fairfield Hospital and Bowral Hospital.   

Queensland has added the NSW cities of Campbelltown and Liverpool to its list of coronavirus hotspots, meaning anyone from there must spend 14 days in hotel quarantine if they want to enter the northern state.  

Sydney pubs were ordered to clamp down to a 300 customer limit on Tuesday and hire security staff to enforce social distancing.  

A popular burger joint, a pizza restaurant and a Woolworths store have also been forced to temporarily close as coronavirus cases continue to rise in NSW. 

NSW Health contacted the store owners of Milky Lane, in Parramatta, on Tuesday after a customer tested positive for the illness.

The customer visited the store on Saturday and all patrons at the store on that day have been notified, the company said on Facebook.   

A Woolworths store in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, 110km southwest of Sydney, has been forced to close for cleaning after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19

Pictured: The Sydney venues feared to be at the centre of COVID-19 outbreaks

The store was closed for cleaning and all staff have been tested for the virus. 

Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield, in Sydney’s south-west, was also forced to close for cleaning for three days after an infected man dined at the restaurant on Friday. 

NSW Health are investigating the potential new cluster that could be forming and has been contacting customers who were at the venue on the same day.

A Woolworths store in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands, 110km southwest of Sydney, has also been forced to close for cleaning after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19. 

The store said the employee worked on Sunday but did not show any symptoms when they were at work.

Any customers who shopped at the store on the day have been urged to make contact with NSW Health should they feel unwell.     

Pictured: A coronavirus testing clinic in Casula, western Sydney, where 34 COVID-19 cases have been linked to a cluster at the Crossroads hotel

Medical workers are seen giving coronavirus tests in Sydney’s Bondi on Tuesday (pictured) amid fears the Melbourne outbreak may spread to NSW

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had no plans to put Sydney into lockdown again despite worrying clusters developing.

‘Until we have a cure, we have to live with it. We cannot shut down every time we have a cluster of cases,’ Ms Berejiklian told A Current Affair.    

The new cases come as fears grow of a new wave seeping into NSW from Victoria, which has been battling a fresh outbreak. The state now has 1,931 active coronavirus cases. 

Victoria reported 238 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and recorded the death of a woman in her 90s overnight. 

The number of Victorians killed by the virus is now 27 and the national toll is 111. 

The 238 figure marks the 10th day in a row that Victoria has recorded more than 100 cases. 

Latest coronavirus facts and figures  


* A man and a woman aged in their 80s and a woman in her 90s died of COVID-19 in Victoria, taking the state’s toll to 27 and Australia’s fatalities to 111.

* Victoria recorded 283 new cases on Wednesday and 1,931 active cases

* NSW has 13 new cases,

 and SA has one potential with a second test due Tuesday

* Pubs in NSW will have patrons capped at 300 and must record contact details of every guest with 30 cases now linked to a venue in southwest Sydney. Meanwhile, residents from Liverpool and Campbelltown will be barred from entering Queensland.

* South Australia has cancelled its planned July 20 border reopening with NSW and the ACT.

* Immediate testing will be compulsory for all Victorians as soon as they land in WA, with travellers from NSW potentially next.

* Queensland will up its tough virus laws this week to include a penalty of six months’ jail.


* Australia had only 25,800 overseas arrivals in June, half of whom were returning residents, according to provisional ABS figures.


* The Australian Nursing Federation has urged against AFL matches going ahead at Perth’s Optus Stadium this week, arguing the 30,000-strong crowd risks a WA outbreak.

* The Giants are ready to decamp NSW if the AFL says go, with player Nick Shipley already relocating from his western Sydney home to teammate Shane Mumford’s house.

* AFL clubs could face the prospect of six games in a five-week span in a bid to get through the coronavirus-impacted season.

* The A-league will still play out its 2019-20 season in NSW despite the latest outbreak but has prepared a ‘Plan B’ option to shift clubs to Queensland.


* July 15 – NT to rule on if it will relax border restrictions with NSW.

* July 17 – International arrivals to WA will have to pay for their 14-day hotel quarantine.

* July 17 – NT will reopen its borders with quarantine for people from virus hotpots.

* July 18 – Returning travellers to SA and NSW to pay part of their hotel quarantine bill.

* July 31 – The earliest date Tasmania may open its borders to the mainland after delaying the move, previously planned for July 24

* August 1 – Tentative date for WA to lift all remaining restrictions, except border closures and access to remote Aboriginal communities.


* Australia’s total number of cases is now 10,251 with 2308 cases active and 7835 people recovered

* The national death toll as of Tuesday is 110: NSW 49, Victoria 26, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states)


* Cases: at least 12,910,357

* Deaths: at least 569,128

* Recovered: at least 7,116,957

Data current as of 1800 AEST July 14, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates and Worldometer.


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