A small Victorian town is dealing with a coronavirus scare on the same day it was released from lockdown, as Melburnians face an anxious wait for a roadmap out of their restrictions.
A cafe and medical clinic in Daylesford, just over 100 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, have been forced to close their doors after people infected with COVID-19 visited their venues.
Cliffy’s Emporium on Raglan Street said a staff member, who worked on 7 September, had tested positive for the virus on Friday.
“We are working closely with DHS. However, as a precaution will be closed from tomorrow to allow our team to get tested,” the cafe said on Facebook.
Springs Medical Clinic on Hospital Street closed for deep cleaning on Friday after a CovidD-positive case visited on September 8, between 3:15pm and 4.30pm, with contact tracing underway.
Most of regional Victoria except Greater Shepparton emerged from lockdown on Friday, with retail and hospitality allowed to reopen under strict rules.
Shepparton is expected to be released from its lockdown next week, while people in Melbourne are awaiting the release of the state government’s roadmap.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the government is waiting for detailed modelling from the Burnett Institute before releasing its plans.