Mole Creek Hotel Hit by COVID Exposure Forcing City-Wide Closures | Yass Tribune
Mole Creek hotel owner Doug Westbrook was not alerted to his pub’s close contact exposure status for five days, and is now due to close.
Mr Westbrook said he received an “anonymous” call from Public Health on Sunday evening, followed by an email indicating incorrect exposure time, and he believed it was all a hoax.
During the pub’s initial listing period, workers who were in the pub when it was exposed between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on December 22, had interacted with other staff, which forced six of its 13 employees to isolate themselves.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwein said on Monday that the public health team and the state government were doing “everything [they] possible “to inform companies as soon as possible.
Mr Westbrook said due to the four-day notification deadline the pub is expected to close until the end of the seven-day isolation period for staff members on December 29.
“We’re probably going to lose around $ 15,000,” he said.
“We have an average of 120 to 150 meals a day, and we had planned a reservation of 45 people, which allows you about double for walk-in people.”
Mr Westbrook said the pub had its best year in 14 years before the borders opened, which has since seen business “slow down”.
He said none of his staff had tested positive since the show and that he expected to be back up and running at full capacity for the New Year’s Eve celebrations planned at the pub.
Mole Creek has a population of around 600, many of whom frequent or are associated with the pub. Mr Westbrook said when reviewing the CCTV footage that he noticed regulars at the pubs he should contact.
The pub was also synonymous with the local pool run by volunteers.
Three of the six members of the pool committee had been forced into solitary confinement, and with 50 percent of staff unable to help, the pool was closed indefinitely.
Pool treasurer Sian Walters said the ramifications of COVID hitting a small place like Mole Creek were much more apparent than in larger centers.
Mr Gutwein said there was “no silver bullet” to ensure that the positive results of COVID are communicated to the community and sooner.
“We do everything we can to contact a business if it is determined to be close contact,” he said.
“What tends to happen though, in many cases for companies by the time the test results arrive, if we have a work number to call or if we have the number of a manager who might be on vacation. , so it’s hard to contact them. “